Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) is tackled by New Orleans Saints defensive end Carl Granderson (96) in the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

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Bucs activate Leonard Fournette off IR, waive Le’Veon Bell

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated Leonard Fournette from injured reserve on Saturday and waived fellow running back Le’Veon Bell.

The move was made one day before the Buccaneers host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC divisional round playoff game.

Fournette, 27, has been sidelined with a hamstring injury he sustained on Dec. 19 against the New Orleans Saints. He missed the final three regular-season games as well as last weekend’s 31-15 playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fournette rushed for 812 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games this season. He also caught 69 passes for 454 yards and two scores.

Fournette was a force in the postseason last year when he rushed for 300 yards and three touchdowns and caught 18 passes for 148 yards and one score as the Buccaneers won four straight games to win the Super Bowl.

Bell, 29, carried eight times for 18 yards and caught four passes for 31 yards in three games for Tampa Bay.

Bell was a three-time 1,000-yard rusher for the Pittsburgh Steelers between 2013-17 before his career went downhill.

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