The time has come for “Playoff Lenny” to return to the Bucs. According to the NFL’s Ian Rapoport, the team has designated running back Leonard Fournette to return from injured reserve. To make room for the team’s top rusher, veteran Le’Veon Bell was waived.

Fournette was lost to a hamstring injury in the Bucs’ Week 15 contest against the Saints and subsequently placed on IR. While it appeared the former LSU Tiger would be able to go last Sunday against the Eagles, but was never activated off IR. Head coach Bruce Arians said after the game Fournette wasn’t able to run at full speed. That was the reason why he couldn’t suit up. But Arians gave a more hopeful diagnosis on Friday.

“He looks fine,” Arians said. “He looks good. And he didn’t have the setback he had last week, so we’ll wait and see.”

Despite missing the final three games of the season Fournette finished the year as the team’s leading rusher. He totaled 812 yards with a 4.5 yard per carry average and eight touchdowns. Surprisingly the Pro-Bowl alternate had the third most receptions on the team as well. He amassed 69 catches for 454 yards and two scores on the season.

Fournette’s return is great news for a Bucs team that is already down Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman. The Bucs host the Los Angeles Rams Sunday in a divisional round matchup.

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drdneast
drdneast
5 months ago

To bad Bell had to be cut. He came in and filled in admirably for Lenny and actually did some damage,

Dude
Dude
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

I agree, I thought they might try him out for some slot duty with his good hands. Maybe they’ll add him to the practice squad?

Lawdy
Lawdy
Reply to  Dude
5 months ago

I liked what he did too. Hopefully he’ll want to be on the practice squad.

Spitfire
Spitfire
5 months ago

So glad Fournette is back, but I can’t believe they let go of Bell. I know he hasn’t been the same since sitting out but I feel like he could have done more damage than Vaughn has been doing. All it will take is another nick on one of our RBs and they will be wishing they had him. Did Griffen really need to be activated instead? Can Griffen slash the gaps or catch balls in the slot that we aren’t aware of?