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Bucs' Doug Martin placed on IR

Cary Edmondson/US Presswire

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed running back Doug Martin on injured reserve, the team announced Friday.

Martin missed the last two games after injuring his shoulder while attempting to catch a pass in an Oct. 20 game against Atlanta. Martin and the Bucs had hoped he could return and put off surgery until after the season.

Ultimately, the Bucs decided to shut down Martin for the rest of the season.

Rookie Mike James has stepped into Martin's place in the starting lineup. In the first six games, Martin carried 127 times for 456 yards and a touchdown.