By the end of the NFL season, no one is fully healthy. If you want to go all the way and win a Super Bowl, you might have to play through tough injuries as well, which is what Ronald Jones II did when he played through a broken finger and quad injury during the Bucs’ Championship run.
Per Rick Stroud, Jones will have a pin removed from his pinky finger on Tuesday that he broke in the Bucs’ Week 14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The injury occurred during the middle of the game and he was able to finish it. Jones had a surgical procedure done the next day to put a pin in his finger.
#GoBucs RB Ronald Jones will have a pin removed from his broken left pinky finger on Tuesday. He had the surgery to repair it in mid-December and managed to play through the injury.
He did not miss time due to this specific injury, but did miss games in Weeks 15 and 16 after he was placed on the COVID list.
Jones had the best season of his three-year career so far, rushing for 978 yards and seven touchdowns for an average of 5.1 yards per attempt. The highlight for him came from a 98-yard touchdown run in a 46-23 win at Carolina, where he ran for a career high 192 yards.
It was a bumpy road for Jones at the end of the season in which he broke his finger, missed two games while on the COVID-19 list, and suffered a quad injury that kept him out of the Super wildcard round match-up. This opened the door for Leonard Fournette to become an important focal point of the Bucs’ offense in the playoffs. Jones did have a solid game in Super Bowl LV going for 61 yards on 12 rushes.
It’s uncertain if Fournette will be back with the Bucs for the 2021 season, and even after free agency and the NFL draft, Jones should resume his role as the lead back for the Bucs this year as they defend their Super Bowl championship.