Martin may play again? Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said Doug Martin will return to action this season only if doctors believe he can’t do further damage to his shoulder. Martin will eventually need surgery to repair the torn labrum he suffered in his shoulder, but he is hoping to play through the pain for the rest of this season and delay the surger until the offseason. However, I still think it’s unlikely Martin returns until 2014. The Bucs are still searching for their first win of the season, and not much can be gained by risking further injury to the centerpiece of their offense going forward. If you own Martin, don’t hesitate to dump him if a more productive option is out there on the waiver wire.
Cutler looking to speed up return: Jay Cutler is still dealing with a groin injury he suffered against the Redskins a few weeks ago, and had the Bears not played this past Monday, Cutler actually would have been listed as “limited” had Chicago practiced on Wednesday. Cutler will reportedly test himself out on Thursday, but I still find it unlikely he’ll return until Week 11 at the earliest. Josh McCown led the Bears to a road win against the hated Packers and looked impressive in the process. No need to rush Cutler back any sooner than necessary. If you own Cutler, plan on keeping him on your bench and using someone else.
Harvin still sitting out: Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Harvin is in “phase two” of his rehab and had a “great workout.” Well, then. The bottom line is Harvin still hasn’t been cleared to begin practicing, and his status is currently day-to-day. Until Harvin at least does begin practicing with the rest of the team, he’s not going to play. Forget about any chance of seeing him in Week 10, but Week 11 may be a different story.