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Report: Bills to elevate RB Leonard Fournette to roster for Week 16 vs. Chargers

We discuss the news that the Buffalo Bills are elevating veteran running back Leonard Fournette from the practice squad in Week 16.

Leonard Fournette #7 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walks off of the field against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills are activating veteran running back Leonard Fournette from the practice squad. He is expected to play in Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. This will be Fournette’s first game action since he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

Fournette has played six seasons in the NFL, three with the Jacksonville Jaguars and three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 4,478 career rushing yards with 34 touchdowns and has added 2,219 receiving yards and another seven scores through the air.

Buffalo will still go with James Cook as its starting running back. He has played in all 14 games and has 968 yards and two touchdowns on 188 carries. Fournette gives them some added depth in the backfield, along with Latavius Murray. Fournette could get some carries throughout the game, but I’d expect that if Buffalo is able to get out to a big lead and they choose to rest Cook, that is when the veteran will get his chance.