The veteran running back was a healthy scratch for the Buccaneers because he violated a team rule regarding a meeting, coach Dirk Koetter said after the team's 24-21 loss. A source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the rule violation was minor, and he should be back on the field for the Bucs' final two games.
Martin has had a bumpy ride since missing the first four games of the season to serve a suspension for violating the league's drug policy. In nine games, he's rushed for 402 yards and three touchdowns for a Tampa Bay squad that has struggled to find traction after entering the season with high expectations.
Martin's absence against a Falcons team eager to stay in the competitive NFC playoff race complicated matters for Jameis Winston and the rest of the Buccaneers, who dealt with a slew of injuries during the loss.