Bucs rule out RB Jones for Saturday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones will not play and cornerback Carlton Davis will be a game-time decision Saturday in Detroit.
Head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday that Jones will not be able to clear COVID-19 protocols in time. Davis left last Sunday’s win in Atlanta with a groin injury.
Jones was recovering from surgery on his fractured left pinkie finger when he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Dec. 16.
Jones, 23, leads the Buccaneers and ranks eighth in the NFL with 900 rushing yards in 13 games. He has 28 catches for 165 yards and has scored seven touchdowns (six rushing). He hurt his finger while blocking during a Week 14 win against the Minnesota Vikings.
Leonard Fournette likely will make his second straight start for Jones when the Bucs (9-5) face the Lions (5-9). Fournette ran for 49 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-27 victory against the Falcons.
Davis, 23, has started all 14 games this season. He leads the NFL with 18 passes defensed and leads the Bucs with four interceptions to go along with 68 tackles.
Tampa Bay will clinch a playoff berth with a win or tie against the Lions, or if the Chicago Bears lose or tie with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
–Field Level Media