Saturday update: Fournette has been listed as questionable despite a full week of full practices, so clearly this is more of a pain management issue. However, it seems like the running back will play Monday against the Saints.
Friday Update: Fournette was able to log another full practice on Friday. If he gets a third straight full practice on Saturday, I’d be shocked if he heads into the game Monday with an injury designation.
Two Bucs were upgraded on the injury report today.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 2, 2022
Thursday update: Fournette was able to get in a full practice on Thursday. That makes him likely to play on Monday night against the Saints. Rachaad White appears to have taken over as the lead back, but Fournette will get work.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were unable to get a much-needed win last week against the Browns, making their Week 13 contest on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints that much more important. Tampa Bay might be getting running back Leonard Fournette back after he missed Week 12 with a hip injury. The running back was seen at practice Thursday and we’ll eventually get a designation on his workload.
No Antoine Winfield Jr, Mike Edwards, Vita Vea or Tristan Wirfs for the #Bucs today.— PewterReport (@PewterReport) December 1, 2022
Leonard Fournette, Russell Gage, Luke Goedeke, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Logan Ryan all practiced. pic.twitter.com/YYRnVaXMA8
Fantasy football implications for Week 13
Fournette has seen Rachaad White take over as the lead running back but the veteran is still getting some touches near the goal line and in the passing game. This is becoming another backfield where the team operates with multiple players rather than one workhorse. Look for Fournette to be integrated into the gameplan if he does get cleared, and be a solid flex option. Fournette’s return would take White out of the featured role and would almost eliminate Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s playing time.