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Leonard Fournette injury update ahead of Week 12 vs. Browns

We break down the news that Fournette has a hip injury. What it means for Week 12 and beyond.

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Leonard Fournette of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during warmups during a game between Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond J. Stadium on November 6, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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Friday PM update: Fournette is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game. He is unlikely to play.

Friday update: Fournette remained limited in practice this week, so he’s officially a game-time decision against the Browns. The running back was initially expected to play when he suffered the injury in Week 10, so this likely comes down to pain management. Even if he does suit up, Fournette will be in a timeshare with Rachaad White for touches.


Thursday update: Fournette was once again limited at Thursday’s practice. The Bucs initially believed he’d be ready to play in Week 12 and that could still be the case but Fournette will need to log a full practice Friday to avoid carrying an injury designation into the weekend.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will return from their Week 11 bye hoping to maintain their status as NFC South division leaders. Running back Leonard Fournette suffered a hip injury during Week 10 against the Seahawks but was expected to play in Week 12. He has started the week of preparation with a limited practice.

Fantasy football implications for Week 12

Even before this week began, Fournette was starting to see Rachaad White eating into his workload. The Buccaneers have started to get White more involved as part of an overall effort to inject some life into this offense. Fournette still holds fantasy relevance as a receiver and red zone running back but he’s not the workhorse he was expected to be. If Fournette trends down, White would gain value in fantasy formats. Both are flex plays at the moment but White could be a RB2 if Fournette were to miss time.