His status is uncertain for Week 15 at this point, but owners should probably be prepared to be without him. Last week, Fournette was a healthy scratch as McCoy moved up to be the RB2. We reported Monday from the The Athletic that McCoy could very well earn and keep the RB2 job, but with Jones possibly out, it could be more of a split between McCoy and Fournette in Week 15. Owners should continue to monitor heading into Week 15 but McCoy is worth a pickup since he's likely on your waiver wire.
Can LeSean McCoy hold onto his job this time and carry it into the playoffs? That’s likely the case if he continues to play well. His backup role was still more than rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who played only four snaps, his only touch a 3-yard loss. After watching a Super Bowl run from the sidelines with the Chiefs, McCoy could be more involved as the Bucs try to do the same next month.
Fournette was a healthy scratch but that may not last long. As the story said, one more potential wrinkle in the Bucs backfield is that Jones may have fractured a pinkie finger in Sunday’s win, Arians said Monday. Jones returned and played through the injury, but Arians said he might need to have a pin inserted, which could impact his immediate playing status for Sunday in Atlanta. The story went on to say if Jones is out, they’d likely split carries between McCoy and Fournette if Jones is not able to play. Either way, McCoy is looking like he could see an increased workload down the stretch.
Arians went on to say - via Stroud's tweet - that the team is waiting to see if they will need to place a pin in the pinky, and if so, what that means for Jones and his availability for Week 15. Jones did play through the injury on Sunday, according to reports. Fournette was a healthy scratch in Week 14 while McCoy got some work behind Jones, but it's assumed Fournette would be in line for a bigger cut if Jones misses time.
The story said on Sunday against the Raiders, Fournette participated in 40 snaps, a 56-percent rate. Fournette rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries, and he added 47 receiving yards on six catches. McCoy, in contrast, was the only non-quarterback on either team who didn’t play at all. And, McCoy was the only running back on any team who dressed but didn’t play in any of the 13 Week 7 games played so far, the story pointed out. It's possible the Bucs look to trade McCoy. Vaughn is a similar back and could also serve as the nickel back.