It’s been a tough week for Ronald Jones II already and it didn’t get any better on Wednesday as the Bucs placed their starting running back on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

This is the fourth Bucs player this week to land on the list after the special teams unit of kicker Ryan Succop, punter Bradley Pinion and long snapper Zach Triner were placed there on Tuesday. This does not necessarily mean that all four players have contracted the virus, but could have been in close contact with someone that had it.

Jones suffered a broken finger in Tampa Bay’s 26-14 over the Vikings on Sunday, causing him to undergo surgery for a fractured pinky that put at least two pins in the finger. He did not practice on Wednesday before he was placed on the list.

Should Jones be out for the Bucs’ road game against the Atlanta Falcons, Leonard Fournette, who was a healthy inactive on Sunday, would take the role as starting running back. LeSean McCoy took the role of third down back and would presumably do so again. Ke’Shawn Vaughn dressed last Sunday for the first time since Week 8 and could an option as well.

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1 year ago

better to get all the covid now than during the playoffs

Reply to  SappAttack
1 year ago

Better to avoid the virus completely until they can be vaccinated. Covid survivors can have very serious cardiac issues afterwards. See Keyontae Johnson.

Last edited 1 year ago by ScottC543
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1 year ago


1 year ago

GEEESH! BA spoke to soon.
I’d rather see Vaughn play than Tippy Toes. I’m glad Shady is well rested and he looked good sneaking around behind our line looking for a hole to run through and then bursting through when he found one.
Couldn’t we just spot the Falcons 10 o 17 points like we do most teams and keep our players on the field.

1 year ago

Kid’s chances of topping 1000 yards is diminishing.. Doesn’t help the team at all either.. Hopefully we’ll get him back next week..

1 year ago

He could still play if he tests negative a couple of times before Sunday, right? Same with the others?

Reply to  ScottC543
1 year ago

The rules are complicated and vague on the reserve covid list … players who test positive cannot be outed by anyone but themselves, so players on this list could simply be someone potentially exposed to a person who tested positive for covid. So how they get off the list is something that requires medical clearance with consultation with league officials. If only exposed but they test negative several days in a row, then it’s likely they can be cleared. If they tested positive, then it’s 10 days after initial symptoms and 72 hours after last symptoms observed, if they actually… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Naplesfan
1 year ago

I didn’t expect him to play anyways with the broken finger, we have 4 other running backs to take his place, although they might not be as effective.

1 year ago

Oh, Crap. Sounds like they have an outbreak with three on the special teams too.

Reply to  seat26
1 year ago

Thankfully those were false positives…they are back in business for Sunday’s game.