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Ronald Jones ruled out for Wild Card game

We break down the news that Jones won’t play in Tampa Bay’s playoff game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers
Ronald Jones of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the ball during the first half of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Friday update: After not practicing all week, Jones has been ruled out for the Buccaneers Wild Card matchup with the Eagles, per Greg Auman. Leonard Fournette is questionable.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the wild-card game against the Philadelphia Eagles with several injury concerns. Among those is running back Ronald Jones, who tweaked his ankle in a Week 17 win over the Jets and didn’t play in the finale against the Panthers. Jones is officially doubtful to play in Sunday’s game, per head coach Bruce Arians.

Fantasy football implications

With Leonard Fournette back in the mix, Jones was going to a see a severe reduction in his role. For managers who participate in playoff fantasy football, Jones was not going to a highly valued player with Fournette returning. The USC product has failed to really emerge in his young NFL career and this injury is another hurdle for him to climb. When he is healthy, Jones does see some goal-line touches and that could have some value in later rounds. However, he’s not a strong play for the wild-card game.