The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ backfield is closer to getting healthy ahead of Sunday’s Divisional Round game against the New Orleans Saints.
Coach Bruce Arians said running back Ronald Jones (quad/finger) was better Friday but will be a game-time decision. He was officially listed as questionable. Leonard Fournette will start the game.
Jones returned to practice Thursday in a limited capacity. He sat out the wild-card game against Washington as he deals with calf and finger injuries.
The Bucs placed guard Alex Cappa on injured reserve and re-signed eighth-year veteran guard Earl Watford.
Here are the other injuries and roster moves we’re monitoring Friday:
- New Orleans Saints backup center Will Clapp has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Contract tracing identified no high-risk close contacts, though the NFL will continue to monitor test results, but Pelissero added there is optimism this is isolated. As Pelissero pointed out, with no high-risk contacts, that means proper protocols were followed and no other players’ status has been affected for Sunday. The game is on as scheduled.
Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (knee) and running back Latavius Murray (quad) are both questionable against the Bucs.