Martin was having a poor season but the suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy and his statement in which he stated he was in need of professional help was a major surprise.
"Nobody knew," offensive lineman Evan Smith told reporters. "Nobody is mad at Doug. We don't want anybody to fall on hard times, and if they do, that's kind of a big part of the locker room -- we're a big brotherhood and we all pick each other up."
Coach Dirk Koetter sees the positive in the situation and feels it was a step in the right direction for Martin to make such a decision.
"I don't think any of us can understand what he's going through unless (we've) been in his shoes," Koetter said. "So I don't pretend to be able to understand what he's been going through. The only thing I really want to say is ... I think it's a positive thing that he's taken steps to put himself in position to have better health and a better life long-term."
Smith pointed out that many athletes would refuse to seek help and just keep focusing on their career.
"I'm just glad he saw a situation where he needed help and he went and did it," Smith said. "A lot of us in the league, maybe our egos, our personalities, us thinking how we've gotten where we (are) -- we've done it on our own, we've done it through hard work. It takes a big man to step up and say, 'I need help.' Sometimes those issues are bigger than we can (overcome) as a football player, as an athlete. (They) are common problems that people deal with in real life."
Martin rushed for just 421 yards and had a meager 2.9 average this season. He signed a five-year, $35 million deal prior to the season after rushing for more than 1,400 yards last season for the second time in his career.
Martin is due $7 million next season and there is speculation that the Buccaneers may void the deal after the positive test for PEDs.
That decision will come later and nobody associated with Tampa Bay really wants to tackle that topic now.
Everyone is more interested in Martin resolving his problems.
"It's an unfortunate situation," wide receiver Russell Shepard told reporters. "We just wish him well, (to) get himself together -- whatever he needs, just to take his time. We love Doug. A great person, a great teammate. We just wish him the best and hope everything works out for the better."