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Bucs to activate Leonard Fournette off IR for Divisional round

We break down the news that Leonard Fournette is dealing with a hamstring injury, and what it means for the Divisional round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

 Leonard Fournette #7 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks on the sidelines during the 2nd quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Saturday update: The Bucs are expected to activate Leonard Fournette off IR for Sunday’s Divisional round game against the Rams, per Jenna Laine.

Friday update: Fournette was once again practicing on Friday, per Rick Stroud. According to head coach Bruce Arians, “Playoff Lenny” has looked good and appears to be on track to play on Sunday.

Thursday update: Fournette was once again practicing on Thursday as he works back from a hamstring injury, per Rick Stroud. Since he is on I.R., the team doesn’t give official practice reports, but he appears to be on track to return this week.

Wednesday update: Fournette was at the Buccaneers walkthrough on Wednesday, per Greg Auman. If we were to guess on his availability this week, I’d expect he ends up playing, but time will tell.

Last year Leonard Fournette transformed into “Playoff Lenny” and had a great playoff run ending in a Super Bowl win. This season Fournette missed the last few games of the regular season with a hamstring injury, but appeared close to returning in the Wild Card round until ultimately being ruled out.

Head coach Bruce Arians said that Fournette couldn’t get up to top speed and they wanted to wait until he could. The Buccaneers hope that is this week against the Rams, but Arians says Fournette is still a question mark, per Greg Auman.

Ronald Jones is also dealing with an injury, but his is to an ankle and Arians says he can’t yet cut on the ankle and is also a question mark. Ke’Shawn Vaughn shared work with Gio Bernard last week, but Fournette would get the lead job back if he can play.

Fantasy football implications

Fournette is a good fantasy or DFS play if he can suit up this week.