The Facts: Asked during an appearance on the Ira Kaufman Podcast, via JoeBucsFan.com, how Martin's return from a three-game suspension will be handled if the Bucs are moving the ball well at that time. "That is all hypothetical, all right?" Koetter said. "How do I know if everything is going to go that way? Hopefully, at the end of the three games Doug is still in good health. But we have no idea what is going to happen to our other tailbacks by then. So, I don't spend too much time worrying about that kind of stuff."
Diehards Line: Koetter added: "I don’t have experience with a guy taking three weeks off and then coming back. So, you will have practices in there and we would have to see how we are doing as an offense, how we are doing with our running game. We will just have to see. ..." As PFT suggests, that’s hardly an unequivocal endorsement, and it’s hard not to wonder whether the Buccaneers, who owe Martin no guaranteed money due both to the suspension and the fact that (despite being a vested veteran) he won’t be on the Week 1 active roster, will consider dumping Martin if the other tailbacks on the roster are getting it done. It’s likewise impossible to rule out a trade, given that other teams may have needs at the position by the end of September, due to the inevitability of the injury bug. With Martin generating considerable ADP-raising buzz during OTAs, this situation isn't as certain as fantasy owners might like.