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Buccaneers rusher Doug Martin fails drug test, to serve 4-game ban

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Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Tampa Bay, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin revealed that he has failed a drug test and will immediately serve the four-game suspension handed by the NFL.

“I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy,” Martin said in a statement. “My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates.”

“However, after numerous discussions with people close to me — including Coach (Dirk) Koetter — I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need,” he added.

Martin also apologized to Glazer family, general manager Jason Licht , the entire Tampa Bay organization, teammates and to the fan for their continued support.

Martin will begin serving his suspension in this week’s finale against the Carolina Panthers. Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to start Sunday in his place.

Last season, Martin rushed for 1,402 yards, the second-most in the NFL behind the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson. However, he struggled this season, tallying just 421 yards with 3 touchdowns.

Martin signed a five-year deal worth $35.75 million with $15 million guaranteed in the offseason.

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