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Ronald Jones to have surgery on pinky, Week 15 status uncertain

The Buccaneers will monitor Ronald Jones’ pinkie finger this week.

Ronald Jones II #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the ball in the third quarter during their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Wednesday PM update: The Bucs have placed Ronald Jones on the Covid-19 injured reserve list. It’s not clear if it is due to a positive test (minimum 10 days on list) or a high-risk, close contact (minimum 5 days on the list). His status is growing more doubtful for Sunday.

Wednesday update: The Bucs don’t expect to know Jones’s status until later this week, per Sara Walsh. Head coach Bruce Arians told the media Jones would play if he can protect himself in spite of the injury, and if he can’t go, Leonard Fournette would get the start.

Tuesday update: Ronald Jones will have surgery on his fractured pinky finger to have a pin placed in it, per Tom Pelissero. The timeline for his return is TBD, which means his status for Week 15 is unclear. Update: Jenna Laine is reporting he still has a chance to play, but the team won’t know until later this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says that running back Ronald Jones “may have a fractured pinkie,” per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. At this point, it is unknown if the injury will impact his Week 15 status as the team heads to Atlanta, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

The Buccaneers Week 14 matchup had Leonard Fournette a healthy scratch, which had plenty believing Jones would see an uptick in work, but in the end he saw around his usual usage.

Jones has yet to see a big enough workload to consider him a high-end start each week, but he has shown plenty of ability. His lack of usage as a receiver has really capped him in fantasy, as well as Tom Brady’s affinity to throw in the red zone. Arians had LeSean McCoy in for Fournette last week, which makes sense after Fournette’s dropped passes. We will likely continue to see that next week and Jones will again have trouble piecing together a strong workload.