Raiders coach Jon Gruden not concerned about Doug Martin’s ankle injury
However, it did come at a bit of a cost with veteran running back Doug Martin suffering an ankle injury in the first half of the game that forced him to exit prematurely. Head coach Jon Gruden voiced on Monday that he believes that Martin will be fine to go moving forward, according to Michael Gehlken of The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Jon Gruden on RB Doug Martin, who exited in first half with ankle injury: “I think he’ll be OK.” Will try to get RB DeAndre Washington more involved in final six games.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 19, 2018
Martin had been putting together one of his most productive games of the season as he had 51 rushing yards on 10 attempts and a catch for six yards against the Cardinals. He has been the primary option out of the backfield since Marshawn Lynch was placed on the injured reserve due to groin surgery. Martin has rushed for 333 yards along with hauling 11 receptions for 79 receiving yards in 10 games played this season.
The 29-year-old has shown he can be an effective option when given the opportunity, but the Raiders porous offense has seen him struggle to make any significant headway in the ground game. Martin has had his issues with injuries in the past, but this doesn’t appear to be something that will linger on that would force him to miss any playing time this season.
If it were to see him miss any action, running back Jalen Richard would be the primary recipient of his workload as he put together a strong outing against the Cardinals in Martin’s absence with 61 rushing yards on 11 attempts along with three receptions for 32 receiving yards. Meanwhile, DeAndre Washington will factor in the equation some type of capacity moving forward regardless of how the situation unfolds. Washington put forth his most productive outing of the season with 39 rushing yards on 12 carries in Week 11.