Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin has officially been listed as questionable ahead of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Martin has been dealing with a knee injury, but on a positive note, he was able to get in a full practice on Wednesday.
It seems likely that Martin will still suit up this weekend, and he will certainly be needed against a Pittsburgh team that boasts a high-powered offense but still, Martin finds himself questionable entering the game, as does another offensive playmaker in wide receiver Seth Roberts, according to Matt Schneidman of The Mercury News.
Raiders injury report vs. Steelers:
Questionable: Mo Hurst, Kelechi Osemele, Doug Martin, Kyle Wilber, Seth Roberts.
Hurst and Osemele DNPs today.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) December 7, 2018
Roberts has been limited by a concussion, so perhaps his status may be more in doubt than Martin’s at this point.
As for the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back, he’s been a valuable asset for the Raiders over the past month and a half. Martin has rushed for 49 or more yards in six straight games, and he’s been Oakland’s featured back in getting at least 10 carries in each of those contests.
He’s only lost two fumbles this season, which also makes him a key piece of the puzzle in trying to take down the Steelers this week.
The Raiders have had a season to forget in Jon Gruden’s first year on the job, as they rank as one of the worst teams in the NFL at 2-10 on the season, but it’s clear that Gruden is building for the future, and perhaps the franchise will get things turned around in the coming seasons.