Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances and said Wednesday he's entering a treatment facility rather than appeal the ban.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection who was the league's second-leading rusher in 2015 will miss Sunday's regular-season finale against Carolina. He also sat out last week's 31-24 loss at New Orleans after being declared inactive against the Saints. Martin said in a statement that he learned of the suspension last week and that his "initial instinct" was to "appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates." The fifth-year pro said he decided to enter a treatment facility "and receive the help I truly need" after discussing the matter with people close to him, including Bucs coach Dirk Koetter. Martin rushed for 1,402 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015. He signed a five-year, $37.75 million contract in the offseason. ___ For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL .