There was a whole lot of smoke bellowing around a potential trade of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin to the Miami Dolphins ahead of yetserday's trade deadline. The Dolphins had reportedly called earlier in the week to assess the availability of Martin, a player current Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey helped draft in the first round as a member of the Buccaneers front office in 2012. The rumors continued to circulate throughout the day, but no trade ever materialized.
Today, we may have a reason why Miami and Tampa Bay never came to a deal. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Martin is in a walking boot and did not practice today. The team will likely turn to Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey this week.
There's nothing official that said the Dolphins were trying to land Martin, or how far along the two sides may have been in discussions about the running back, but the amount of smoke followed by suddenly nothing happening could be explained by the injury. Miami was thought to be looking for a running back to replace Knowshon Moreno, who was placed on injured reserve two weeks ago, but will now continue with Lamar Miller receiving the bulk of the carries this season, while Daniel Thomas will resume his role as the primary backup.
Miller is currently 10th in the league in rushing yardage and seventh in running backs yards per carry.