Dec 26, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) scores a touchdown in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs signing RB Ronald Jones to 1-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs are signing running back Ronald Jones to a one-year deal, NFL Network reported Saturday.

The report said Jones could earn up to $5 million.

He played his first four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who drafted him in the second round in 2018.

Jones, 24, rushed for 428 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (three starts) last season.

He gained more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage in both 2019 and 2020 and helped the Bucs win Super Bowl LV.

Jones has 2,174 rushing yards, 571 receiving yards and 19 total touchdowns in 55 career games (25 starts).

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Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen (66) during warmups against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs C Ryan Jensen, RT Tristan Wirfs return to practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen and right tackle Tristan Wirfs were spotted during the portion of practice open to the media on Friday.

Jensen and Wirfs missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to their respective ankle injuries. Their participation in practice on Friday likely will go a long way toward determining their availability for Sunday’s NFC divisional-round playoff clash against the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Jensen and Wirfs sustained their respective injuries during the Buccaneers’ 31-15 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC wild-card game last Sunday.

Leonard Fournette also suited up for practice on Friday, although he would need to be activated off injured reserve in order to play against the Rams.

Backfield mate Ronald Jones, who has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, was out of his boot on Thursday but did not practice.

Fournette led Tampa Bay in rushing with 812 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He also caught 69 passes for 454 yards and two scores.

With Fournette and Jones sidelined last weekend against Philadelphia, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard combined to rush for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 30 carries.

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Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands off to running back Leonard Fournette (7) in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Fournette, Lavonte David game-time decisions for Bucs vs. Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians labeled running back Leonard Fournette and Pro Bowl linebacker Lavonte David as the “most questionable” of the game-time decisions for Sunday’s NFC wild-card game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

Fournette and David were designated for return from injured reserve on Wednesday. They are eligible to be activated at any time.

Fournette, 26, was placed on IR on Dec. 23 with a hamstring injury he sustained four days earlier in a 9-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He led Tampa Bay in rushing with 812 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 69 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns.

David, 31, was also put on IR on Dec. 23 with a foot injury he suffered in the game against the Saints. He started all 12 games in which he played, racking up 97 tackles, two sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. David was All-Pro in 2013 and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2015. He was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2020.

While the availability of Fournette and David are in question, running back Ronald Jones (ankle) and wide receiver Cyril Grayson Jr. (hamstring) were ruled out for Sunday’s game by Arians.

Should Fournette sit out on Sunday, the Buccaneers will turn to a stable of running backs that include Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Le’Veon Bell and potentially Giovani Bernard.

Bernard has yet to be activated from injured reserve. Vaughn led the Bucs in rushing in their regular season finale vs. the Carolina Panthers last week with 10 carries for 29 yards and touchdown.

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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 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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Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs the ball in for a touchdown  against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs RB Ronald Jones returns to practice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones returned to practice Thursday after missing last week’s wild-card game against Washington.

Jones (finger/quad) was limited after missing Wednesday’s practice.

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.

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

Wide receivers Mike Evans (knee) and Chris Godwin (hip/quad) were listed as limited participants for the second consecutive day.

Cornerback Carlton Davis (groin) was also limited.

The Bucs visits the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in an NFC divisional playoff game.

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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.

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Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs with the ball as Minnesota Vikings defensive back Chris Jones (26) defends during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs activate RB Jones from virus list

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated running back Ronald Jones II from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, according to the team.

Jones missed the last two contests for the Bucs, while Leonard Fournette took over lead-back duties for the playoff-bound Bucs.

Jones will likely slot right back into the workhorse role for Tampa Bay (10-5) in Week 17 in a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons if the finger he fractured in Week 14 has healed.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed that we can get him a bunch of game action this week,” said coach Bruce Arians, “but I’m not going to risk it (if he is) not able to protect himself.”

The 23-year-old has rushed 180 times for a career-high 900 yards to go along with six touchdowns this 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 second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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

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

Arians: Bucs RB Jones may have broken his pinkie

Tampa Bay running back Ronald Jones may have broken his pinkie finger in Sunday’s game, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Monday.

Jones apparently suffered the injury in the first half but didn’t miss any action, finishing with 18 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs’ 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

“Whether they have to put a pin in it or not, we have to wait and see,” Arians told reporters. “I don’t know what that will do. Chris [Godwin] played through it and we’ll see what happens with him. I think that’s about it as far as anything that could be major.”

The Bucs (8-5) are scheduled to play at the Atlanta Falcons (4-9) this Sunday.

Jones is No. 4 in the NFL with 900 yards rushing on the season to go with six touchdowns. He’s averaging 5.0 yards a carry. He also has 28 receptions for 165 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media