The time has come for “Playoff Lenny” to return to the Bucs. Based on the NFL’s Ian Rapoport, the crew has designated working again Leonard Fournette to return from injured reserve. To make room for the crew’s prime rusher, veteran Le’Veon Bell was waived.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 22, 2022
Fournette was misplaced to a hamstring damage within the Bucs’ Week 15 contest towards the Saints and subsequently positioned on IR. Whereas it appeared the previous LSU Tiger would be capable of go final Sunday towards the Eagles, however was by no means activated off IR. Head coach Bruce Arians stated after the sport Fournette wasn’t in a position to run at full pace. That was the rationale why he couldn’t swimsuit up. However Arians gave a extra hopeful analysis on Friday.
“He seems positive,” Arians stated. “He seems good. And he didn’t have the setback he had final week, so we’ll wait and see.”
Regardless of lacking the ultimate three video games of the season Fournette completed the yr because the crew’s main rusher. He totaled 812 yards with a 4.5 yard per carry common and eight touchdowns. Surprisingly the Professional-Bowl alternate had the third most receptions on the crew as nicely. He amassed 69 catches for 454 yards and two scores on the season.
Fournette’s return is nice information for a Bucs crew that’s already down Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman. The Bucs host the Los Angeles Rams Sunday in a divisional spherical matchup.