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Ronald Jones OUT for Divisional round vs. Rams

We break down the news that Ronald Jones continues to deal with an ankle injury, and what it means for the Divisional round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

Ronald Jones #27 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. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Friday update: Tampa Bay has officially ruled Jones out for Sunday’s game against the Rams, but the Bucs do appear to be getting Leonard Fournette back to soften the blow of Jones’ absence.

Friday: Jones was a non-participant in practice on Friday and is expected to be out for Sunday, per Rick Stroud. The Bucs will fortunately most likely have Leonard Fournette back in the linuep on Sunday.

Thursday update: Jones was back on the practice field working with trainers. That doesn’t mean he will get an official practice in, but it is a good sign.

Wednesday update: The Bucs had a walkthrough and Ronald Jones was projected as a DNP, per Greg Auman.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones is dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out in the Wild Card round. Head coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday that Jones is still unable to cut on the ankle, per Greg Auman. It doesn’t appear that he has a good shot to return this weekend for the Divisional round.

Leonard Fournette is likely closer to returning, while Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Gio Bernard led the way last week against the Eagles. Those two would likely be the main running backs again if Fournette and Jones were unable to go. If Jones could go and Fournette couldn’t, it wouldn’t be a lock that Jones would see a big workload.

Fantasy football implications

The only back I would truly trust in DFS and fantasy leagues for the Buccaneers is Fournette, but Vaughn and Bernard played well last week without him, giving them some value if Fournette remains out.