Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) in the second half during Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette says he is learning, mulling vaccine

In a since-deleted tweet, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette said Thursday that he didn’t want to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Vaccine I can’t do it…..,” he wrote.

On Sunday, after the first practice of training camp, he said he is still learning about the vaccine and mulling it over.

The Buccaneers, who begin the defense of their Super Bowl championship on Sept. 9 against Dallas, are bringing in doctors to answer players’ questions.

“I’m going to talk to them, and just see what’s the best decision, for myself and for the team,” Fournette said.

Vaccinated players and staff members won’t be subject to wearing a mask at team facilities or while traveling, won’t have physical distancing rules and are allowed to visit with friends and family during travel. They won’t be subject to daily COVID-19 testing, either.

Players who violate the COVID-19 protocols could be subject to a fine of $14,650 per infraction.

Fournette said he was willing to live by the regulations if chooses not to be vaccinated but will listen to the information.

“I just don’t know too much about it,” Fournette said after the team’s first training camp practice.

The fourth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fournette was a key contributor for the Buccaneers in their playoff run in 2020.

Fournette, 26, totaled four touchdowns in four postseason games, including one in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. He had a franchise-best 448 scrimmage yards in the playoffs and led the team in rushing yards (300), rushing touchdowns (three), scrimmage touchdowns (four) and receptions (18).

He signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Buccaneers on Sept. 2, 2020, just days after he was waived by the Jaguars. He had a career-worst regular season in 2020, finishing with just 600 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 13 games before his sterling playoff run.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

RB Leonard Fournette officially re-signs with Buccaneers

Running back Leonard Fournette re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Wednesday.

The Buccaneers did not divulge the terms of the contract for Fournette, however NFL Network previously reported that it was a one-year deal worth $3.25 million. Incentives could push that total to $4 million, per the report.

Fournette, 26, totaled four touchdowns in four postseason games, including one in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. He had a franchise-best 448 scrimmage yards in the playoffs and led the team in rushing yards (300), rushing touchdowns (three), scrimmage touchdowns (four) and receptions (18).

“Leonard’s playoff performance was nothing short of spectacular and was the fruition of him really buying into what we were trying to accomplish as a team last year,” general manager Jason Licht said. “Lenny’s versatility and toughness make him a very dynamic player in our offense and bringing him back adds another valuable asset at the running back position to help in our pursuit of another championship.”

Fournette signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Buccaneers on Sept. 2, 2020, just days after he was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He had a career-worst regular season in 2020, finishing with just 600 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 13 games.

The Jaguars selected Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In 49 career games (39 starts), he has run for 2,998 yards with 23 touchdowns. He also has caught 170 passes for 1,242 yards and two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs bring back RB Leonard Fournette on one-year deal

Jan 3, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) reacts after making an interception in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Running back Leonard Fournette is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year contract, NFL Network reported Friday.

The deal is for $3.25 million, but incentives could push it to $4 million, per the network.

Fournette signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Buccaneers on Sept. 2, 2020, just days after he was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He had a career-worst regular season in 2020, finishing with just 600 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 13 games but made his impact in the Buccaneers’ playoff run.

Fournette totaled four touchdowns in four postseason games, including one in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

The Jaguars selected Fournette, now 26, with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In 49 career games (39 starts), he has run for 2,998 yards with 23 touchdowns. He also has caught 170 passes for 1,242 yards and two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) is congratulated by head coach Bruce Arians (right) after a touchdown run in the third quarter of Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Leonard Fournette almost cut prior to playoffs

Running back Leonard Fournette put forth a postseason performance that likely won’t be soon forgotten by fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Heck, the nickname “Playoff Lenny” entered the sports lexicon after Fournette totaled four touchdowns in four postseason games, including one in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

That sizzling run wouldn’t have come to fruition, however, had Fournette not accepted his role on the team after fellow back Ronald Jones appeared to take the lead in the backfield.

Fournette reportedly was unhappy after he was inactive for the Buccaneers’ game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 14. Coach Bruce Arians said he had a conversation with the former first-round pick the following day, one that he now shared with the Tampa Bay Times.

“I said, ‘This is your situation. It can change at the drop of a hat,’” Arians said. “But this is your situation. Either embrace it, or you say, ‘Cut me.’ I said, ‘What do you want? Because this is a very special team that you’re part of. I think you’ve got a feeling of that. Just see if you can hang in there to see what happens.’ And he did, and I’m really proud of him.”

Prior to this conversation with Arians, Fournette had 69 rushing attempts for 271 yards and three touchdowns. The 26-year-old also had 28 receptions for 171 yards.

After the talk, Fournette rushed for three touchdowns in the next two regular-season games. He also had 300 rushing yards and three touchdowns to go along with 18 catches for 148 yards and a score in the playoffs.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs RB Ronald Jones game-time decision vs. Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s NFC divisional-round clash against the New Orleans Saints, coach Bruce Arians announced.

Arians also said while Jones’ health improved on Friday, Leonard Fournette will get the start versus the host Saints.

Jones (finger/quad) missed Wednesday’s practice before being limited on Thursday.

Jones, 23, was active for Saturday’s wild-card game against the Washington Football Team, however he aggravated a quad injury prior to the contest.

Fournette, 25, rushed 19 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 31-23 win over Washington.

“He’s a helluva a player, he played really, really well last week and we’ve trusted him all year,” Arians said of Fournette, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Jones led the team in carries (192), rushing yards (978) and rushing touchdowns (seven).

Fournette had 97 rushes for 367 yards and six scores during the regular season.

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Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Bruce Arians plays waiting game with Ronald Jones

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians is keeping a positive outlook on running back Ronald Jones.

“‘Ro’ is getting better (but) he did not practice today. I anticipate and hope he can go tomorrow,” Arians said Wednesday.

Jones, 23, was active for Saturday’s wild-card game against the Washington Football Team, however he aggravated a quad injury prior to the contest.

Fellow running back Leonard Fournette stepped up in his absence, rushing 19 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 31-23 win over Washington.

It’s too early to tell how the carries will be distributed on Sunday when the Buccaneers visit the New Orleans Saints in their NFC divisional round game.

Jones led the team in carries (192), rushing yards (978) and rushing touchdowns (seven).

Fournette, 25, had 97 rushes for 367 yards and six scores as part of the platoon.

“Yeah, I’m good. I’m fresh to be honest,” Fournette said of how he feels at this point of the year. “I think my total carries for this year is around 100 — usually around this time I’m at 300-something to be honest.

“Like I say, ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ I’m just happy to be a part of the team. (I am) doing my job to help the team get to where we want to be and what we want to win.”

LeSean McCoy, 32, returned to practice on Wednesday after missing time with an illness. The veteran would be in line for additional backup work should Jones sit out versus the Saints.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs RB Fournette, WR Godwin out vs. Chargers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Chris Godwin have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, coach Bruce Arians announced.

Fournette is nursing an ankle injury while Godwin injured his hamstring in the Bucs’ 28-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.

Ronald Jones II, who leads the team in carries (37) and rushing yards (142), likely will see an uptick in workload in the absence of Fournette. LeSean McCoy and Ke’Shawn Vaughn would be the primary backups.

Godwin leads the team with 11 receptions for the Buccaneers (2-1), who can rely on Mike Evans and look to Scotty Miller to play a bigger role on Sunday. Miller has been slowed by hip and groin ailments this week.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fournette (ankle) doesn’t practice, likely out for Week 4

Tampa Bay running back Leonard Fournette missed practice again Thursday, and coach Bruce Arians is not optimistic about his chances of playing Sunday.

Fournette spent Thursday doing rehab work on a side field with trainers, according to reports.

Arians told SiriusXMNFL on Wednesday night that he’s not hopeful of having Fournette when the Bucs host the Los Angeles Chargers.

Should Fournette miss the game, LeSean McCoy and Ke’Shawn Vaughn would be the primary backups to starter Ronald Jones II (142 rushing yards).

Fournette has 123 yards rushing on 24 carries and two touchdowns in three games with the Bucs.

Wide receivers Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Scotty Miller (hip, groin) also missed practice Thursday. Godwin is expected to miss Sunday’s game. Godwin left the Week 3 win over the Denver Broncos and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the game.

–Field Level Media