Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones was listed a full participant in practice on Wednesday, and the team removed his name from the final injury report ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
Jones had been dealing with a toe injury earlier in the week. Thursday night games don’t leave a team’s players much time to get through their injuries and recover, so it’s a good sign that Jones is a full go again.
The Bucs need him too. Head coach Bruce Arian said after Sunday’s Week 1 loss to the 49ers that Peyton Barber was still the starting running back, but Jones is definitely the more explosive option. He carried the ball 13 times, more than anyone else on the team, last week for a total of 75 yards. He is easily the most explosive option they have in the ground game.
Fantasy Impact: Even though he did lead the team in carries last week, the Bucs still seem intent on splitting up the workload. Still, Jones will be the more productive option, even if he his sharing duties. He’s obviously not a No. 1 running back, but Jones could be a decent play against a Panthers team that should be a little easier matchup for the Bucs.