Like many teams across the league, the Bucs have had to roll out and play multiple games this season where a handful of their star players have either played through injuries or were forced to miss contests due to said injuries.

Tampa Bay has already seen Mike Evans and Scotty Miller play through lower body injuries while key starters in Ali Marpet, Chris Godwin and Jamel Dean have all dealt with injuries that kept them from suiting up at times this year. The Bucs may be dealing with another injury to one of their starters as running back Ronald Jones II may have suffered a fractured pinky against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, per head coach Bruce Arians.

“We’re waiting to see,” Arians said on Monday. “[Jones] may have fractured a pinky so we’ll wait and see. It happened earlier in the game, he went back and played with it. Whether they have to put a pin in it, we have to wait and see and I don’t know what that’ll do. Chris played through it so we’ll see what happens with him.”

The fact that Jones returned to play in the game after suffering the injury is a good sign toward his status moving forward, but should the injury prove to be worse than anticipated or if Jones is forced to undergo a similar surgery to Godwin’s earlier in the season, it may put the third-year back at risk of missing time.

Things will become a little clearer on Wednesday when the Bucs return to practice and subsequently their initial injury report of the week.

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Spitfire
2 months ago

These guys are so tough… coming back in after breaking bones. I’d hate to see him miss time, he’s doing better this year than people give him credit for. Hopefully it’s minor and he doesn’t miss much time if any. We apparently need him every single 1st down we have so…

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chefboho
Reply to  Spitfire
2 months ago

lol. I see what you did at the end there.

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drdneast
Reply to  chefboho
2 months ago

Hilarious Spitfire. I’m sure many of you know this anyway but Ronnie Lott had part of his finger amputated so he wouldn’t have to miss a game. Talk about dedication.

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DT25
Reply to  Spitfire
2 months ago

Think a lot of people are coming around on him. He hasn’t dropped a pass in well over a month (albeit with fewer opportunities…but still, making the most of the ones he gets). lol agree on the bit about the 1st downs. It’s almost comical how we are pretty much guaranteed to run up the gut on 1st…no deception whatsoever. Worked better Sunday than it has most weeks, but still…when defenses have a pretty good idea about what’s coming, we can’t expect much more than 5 yards on those runs.

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seat26
2 months ago

The injuries are piling up. 3 more games. Hang tough Bucs. We are on our way to a winning season.

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Eddie
Reply to  seat26
2 months ago

3 more? No, 6 or 7 more, I hope

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xXIronLionBucFanXx
2 months ago

ROJO is 4th in the league in rushing this year. That is with him only rushing 5 times in a stinker to the Saints. He has been excellent this year.

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MWD
MWD
2 months ago

Broken pinky? Reset that shit and buddy tape it to the ring finger next week! He should be fine!

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Eddie
Reply to  MWD
2 months ago

Hard to catch passes with that

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DT25
2 months ago

Looks like he might have done it on the TD dive. Saw a brief shot of him looking at it shortly after that. Played through it like a champ and finished the game strong. Hopefully it’s something he’ll be able to play through…

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