#GoBucs RB Ronald Jones (quad) was not at practice during the portion open to the media. RB LeSean McCoy has returned. DT Steve McLendon is back as well.
Ronald Jones is still dealing with some swelling in the quad that kept him sidelined for the first week of the playoffs. He does get an extra day of recovery since that contest took place on Saturday, but if unable to go, Leonard Fournette will get the start.
Bunch of roster moves for Bucs — LeSean McCoy is now out due to illness, LB Chapelle Russell was waived and four elevations from practice squad: LB Deone Bucannon, OL Ted Larsen, DL Benning Potoa’e and CB Herb Miller.
If the Bucs’ running game is going to improve, it likely will have to do so without the club’s leading rusher.
Ronald Jones is unlikely to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for Saturday’s game at Detroit. Coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday called Jones, also dealing with a broken pinkie finger, “doubtful.”
Fournette was a healthy scratch just two weeks ago but did produce a 14-46-2 line last week. The only other back to get a carry was Vaughn, but he had just two rushes. McCoy, who seemed to be ahead of Fournette on the depth chart not that long ago, didn't get a rush and had just three receptions. It looks like Fournette would get a bulk of the work again in a nice matchup against the Lions in Week 16.