After suffering a broken pinky in the Bucs’ Week 14 match-up against the Minnesota Vikings, running back Ronald Jones II underwent surgery to repair the finger last Tuesday. On Wednesday, one day after undergoing surgery, Jones was placed on the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list and forced to miss Tampa Bay’s Week 15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

“[Jones] is going to be doubtful,” Arians said about Jones’ status for Week 16. “Getting through the COVID and not having any practice with the finger, we still haven’t been able to see him with the finger so we’ll have to wait and see on that one.”

A player placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to a “high risk” contact with someone who has tested positive must quarantine for a minimum of five days, while players who test positive may require up to a 10-day quarantine. It is still unclear whether or not Jones had a positive test but the third-year back is still dealing with the finger injury and has yet to return to practice.

With Jones set to potentially miss his second consecutive game, Leonard Fournette would likely start in his place against Detroit on Saturday. Against Atlanta, Fournette posted 49 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts while the Bucs as a team totaled 51 rushing yards on 18 attempts.

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BigSombrero
5 months ago

Just get RoJo healthy for the playoffs. Fournette and McCoy can tote the rock until then.

If this team plans on winning in the playoffs, they better be able to run the ball and play great defense for 60 minutes.

surferdudes
Reply to  BigSombrero
5 months ago

Really.. don’t need to see him till then. These last two games would be a good opportunity to get Vaughn some snaps, and how about getting K. Davis some playing time? We have to draft, and sign some DT’s next year, let’s see if the kid can show something.

drdneast
5 months ago

Would much prefer to see McCpy with the ball if we would quite holding it out like the proverbial loaf of bread.

MWD
MWD
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

He does that all the time drdeast- it’s a turnover waiting to happen and at the wrong damn time.

drdneast
5 months ago

I just hope this team saw what happened to the Rams and Steelers and don’t take Detroit lightly. Matt Stafford can sling it with the best of them.

Dave
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

We’ve been lit up by basically every QB we’ve faced since the second Saints game. Stafford will be just the next one on the list. Easy 300+ with multiple TD’s. The multiple TD’s just need to be coupled with multiple TO’s. Otherwise, could be another high scoring tight game. Because lord knows, if it ends up being a high scoring tight game, it’ll be blamed on Brady, not the defense

Last edited 5 months ago by Dave