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Bucs RB Doug Martin okay after being involved in car accident

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say running back Doug Martin suffered “minor cuts and bruises” when he was involved in a car accident near the team’s training facility.

General manager Jason Licht said in a statement that the two-time Pro Bowl selection who was the NFL’s second-leading rusher two years ago was evaluated by team medical staff before heading home Thursday.

“Doug was the unfortunate victim in an auto accident earlier today after leaving our team facility,” Licht said, adding that while Martin’s “vehicle sustained a large amount of damage, we are pleased to report that he received only minor cuts and bruises.”

According to Tampa Police, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Martin’s black BMW was struck by a black Kia in the middle of an intersection, resulting in the Kia ramming into the side of a periodontist’s office and destroying an air conditioning unit.

No one inside the office was hurt and the building is still structurally intact. Police say Martin suffered minor cuts and bruises from the crash. The other driver was given a citation for running a stop sign.

Police spokesperson Janelle McGregor said Martin was not cited for the incident and therefore no drugs or alcohol were involved.

Martin took to Twitter to reassure fans he was doing well.

The two-time Pro Bowler left the team before the final game of the season to enter a drug treatment program after he tested positive for performance-enhancing substances.

Martin returned to Tampa for the start of the offseason program last month and the team has been encouraged by what they’ve seen from him.

“We’ve been happy with the trajectory that he’s on,” general manager Jason Licht said just a few days ago during the NFL draft. He noted that this is the best Martin has looked physically since Licht has been in Tampa. “He has the right mindset right now and looks good physically.”

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