Sep 27, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Evans, Godwin to play, RB Fournette out vs. Packers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have both of their Pro Bowl wide receivers in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the visiting Green Bay Packers.

While both Mike Evans (ankle) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) are active, running back Leonard Fournette was listed as inactive for the clash versus the Packers (4-0). Fournette previously was listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

Evans, who leads the team in catches (22), receiving yards (271) and touchdowns (six), played through an ankle injury in Tampa Bay’s 20-19 setback to Chicago on Oct. 8.

Godwin has been sidelined since making five receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 28-10 win at Denver on Sept. 27. He has 11 catches with 143 receiving yards and a touchdown this season after coming off a breakout campaign that saw him haul in 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.

Fournette was active for the Buccaneers’ loss to the Bears but did not have a rushing attempt. He has 123 rushing yards in his first season with the team.

Ronald Jones, who leads the team in carries (74) and rushing yards (359), is expected to receive the bulk of the workload in the backfield.

Along with Fournette, Tampa Bay listed quarterback Ryan Griffin, linebacker Quinton Bell, offensive guard Aaron Stinnie and defensive lineman Khalil Davis as inactive.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Godwin out, Evans questionable vs. Bears

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without one of their Pro Bowl wide receivers for Thursday’s game against the host Chicago Bears, while the other is listed as questionable.

Chris Godwin was ruled out Wednesday and will miss his second game with a hamstring injury for the Bucs (3-1), who also ruled out running back LeSean McCoy (ankle) and wide receiver Justin Watson (shoulder).

Wide receiver Mike Evans was listed as questionable to face the Bears (3-1) after working through an ankle injury sustained in the first quarter of Sunday’s 38-31 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Evans, 27, leads the team in catches (17) and touchdowns (five), while fellow wideout Scotty Miller — who is questionable with hip and groin injuries — has a club-best 250 yards receiving.

Godwin, 24, has 11 catches with 143 receiving yards and a touchdown this season. He’s coming off a breakout season that saw him haul in 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.

Running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) was listed as doubtful for Tampa Bay, which likely will rely on Ronald Jones II and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn out of the backfield.

Jones leads the team in carries (57) and rushing yards (253), while Vaughn had a touchdown reception versus the Chargers.

Chicago safety Deon Bush was ruled out against Tampa Bay after sustaining a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 19-11 loss versus Indianapolis.

Fellow safety and special teams player Sherrick McManis is listed as doubtful with an ailing hamstring.

Rookie wide receiver Darnell Mooney has been declared as questionable for Thursday’s game with a shoulder injury.

–Field Level Media

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs the ball against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bucs land Fournette on one-year deal

After reportedly drawing interest from the Patriots, Leonard Fournette apparently is headed to join New England’s former quarterback.

The running back tweeted a photo of himself in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform Wednesday night, with the caption @Buccaneers, then an emoji of a hand holding a pen, followed by #GoBucs.

The Buccaneers did not immediately announce Fournette’s arrival, but both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the 25-year-old LSU product landed a contract worth up to $3.5 million. According to Rapoport, Fournette’s base salary would be $2 million, and he could earn the rest through incentives pegged to rushing yards and playing time.

A move to Tampa Bay would pair Fournette with new Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who won six Super Bowls with the Patriots before changing teams earlier this year.

Earlier Monday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic first reported the Patriots “expressed interest in Leonard Fournette,” citing a source.

Fournette was placed on waivers Monday after the Jacksonville Jaguars failed to trade the No. 4 overall pick from the 2017 draft. Fournette, who was entering the final year of his contract, cleared waivers and became a free agent Tuesday afternoon.

ESPN reported Fournette, 25, filed a grievance against the Jaguars to recoup his $4,167,000 base salary.

He had 2,631 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in three seasons with the Jaguars. Last year, Fournette amassed 1,152 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 265 carries in 15 games for Jacksonville. He added a career-high 76 receptions for 522 yards.

Ronald Jones is listed as the Buccaneers’ starting running back, and the team signed veteran LeSean McCoy on Aug. 4.

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) looks on during training camp at Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars waive RB Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was waived by the team on Monday.

Head coach Doug Marrone said attempts were made to trade Fournette, who accounted for more than 30 percent of the Jaguars’ yards from scrimmage in 2019, but Jacksonville found no takers.

“We couldn’t get anything, a fifth, a sixth, anything. We couldn’t get anything,” Marrone said.

The LSU product was drafted four spots ahead of Christian McCaffrey, the eighth pick in 2017 to the Carolina Panthers, but becomes the latest prominent player ushered out of town by the Jaguars.

Since the 2019 trade deadline, the Jaguars have traded or released Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and Fournette. The team reportedly floated Fournette in trade offers during the 2020 NFL Draft, and had nibbles from the Miami Dolphins, among other teams.

Fournette, 25, must clear waivers to become a free agent, but reportedly has interest in joining the Saints — he was born in New Orleans — and Kansas City Chiefs.

Ngakoue, 25, is headed to the Minnesota Vikings in a trade agreed to on Sunday. Ngakoue was given the franchise tag by the Jaguars in March, but refused to rejoin the team.

Fournette was bothered by injuries and never played a full 16-game regular season in his three years with the Jaguars.

He had a career-high 1,152 rushing yards and caught 76 passes for 522 yards in 2019.

–Field Level Media