After being activated from the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Bucs’ match-up with Washington last Saturday, running back Ronald Jones II was looking primed to make his first career playoff start until a quad injury ruled him questionable and ultimately held him out of the contest.
Head coach Bruce Arians gave an update on Jones’ injury on Friday, stating that the third-year back will be a game-time decision for the Bucs’ NFC Divisional Round game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, before naming Leonard Fournette the starter.
“[Jones] got better today, he’ll be a game-time decision, but Leonard will start the game,” Arians said. “We’ll see how [Jones] is in full speed and he’ll get his normal reps.”
Fournette dominated the Bucs’ carries against Washington with Jones sidelined and veteran LeSean McCoy inactive due to illness, taking 19 carries for 93 rushing yards and a touchdown.