Leonard Fournette

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #27
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #27

Leonard Fournette News

Minimal action in finale

Fournette logged just three snaps from scrimmage and didn't log a carry but brought in his only target for four yards during the Buccaneers' 30-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Fournette's minimal playing time was by design as head coach Todd Bowles opted to give his bruising back's legs some much-needed rest ahead of the postseason. Rookie backfield Rachaad White saw slightly more work with four carries across 10 snaps, and both backs could work in a near-even timeshare during Monday night's wild-card clash against the Cowboys.

Jan 9, 2023 6:36 PM EST

Inefficient in Week 17 win

Fournette rushed 10 times for 28 yards and secured all four targets for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Fournette's production left plenty to be desired from an efficiency standpoint, and he also logged two fewer touches than rookie backfield mate Rachaad White. Nevertheless, as recent weeks have shown, either back can set the pace in that regard in any given game, and it remains to be seen what the usage of each will be in the Week 18 road clash against the Falcons.

Jan 1, 2023 4:51 PM EST

Massive workload in OT win

Fournette rushed 20 times for 72 yards and brought in nine of 10 targets for 90 yards in the Buccaneers' 19-16 overtime win over the Cardinals on Sunday night.

Analysis: Fournette was arguably the Buccaneers' MVP on the night, as it was his work during an early fourth-quarter drive in particular that sparked Tampa Bay's comeback from a 10-point deficit. The veteran bruiser's 44-yard catch-and-run play on the first play of that possession helped set up an eventual Rachaad White three-yard touchdown catch, and Fournette subsequently helped position the ball for Ryan Succop's game-winning field goal in overtime on his last two carries. His reception and receiving yardage totals also led the Bucs on the night, and he tied with Chris Godwin for the tops in targets. Fournette should be in line for another voluminous role in a critical Week 17 home clash against the Panthers that could decide the NFC South title.

Dec 25, 2022 9:16 PM EST

Modest output in loss

Fournette rushed 10 times for 44 yards and caught all four of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 34-23 loss to Cincinnati.

Analysis: Rookie Rachaad White (11/38/0) got the start at tailback and nearly split carries with Fournette. The veteran turned in the superior performance this week, but it is unlikely that either back won any matchups with their pedestrian rushing lines. Fantasy managers did luck out when the plodding back botched a handoff from Tom Brady in the second half, but the official scorebook credited the lost fumble to the quarterback. Fournette has clearly lost a step in 2022 and now has to share the backfield in Tampa Bay, making him a touchdown-dependent asset heading into Sunday's matchup against Arizona.

Dec 18, 2022 7:28 PM EST

Stifled in Sunday's loss

Fournette carried the ball four times for 13 yards and caught six of seven targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 35-7 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: With the Buccaneers falling behind early, Fournette's usage on the ground was limited, but he wound up being just two targets behind team leaders Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Even so, his 46 scrimmage yards was his worst production since Week 7 and was well behind rookie Rachaad White's 77, although it's not clear how much the foot injury that restricted Fournette's practice participation this week may have been a factor. The veteran RB will continue to split touches with White in Week 15 against a Bengals defense that just held Nick Chubb to 34 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Dec 11, 2022 6:57 PM EST

Active as expected Sunday

Fournette (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Greg Auman of FOXSports.com reports.

Analysis: News on Fournette was positive heading into the weekend despite his limitations this past week, and his active status is now confirmed. The veteran and rookie backfield mate Rachaad White split work nearly down the middle in the Week 13 Monday night win over the Saints, although White was notably featured on the game-winning drive and recorded the decisive touchdown reception. Neither player has an appealing matchup Sunday irrespective of the division of labor, as the 49ers check in allowing the fewest rushing yards per game in the NFL.

Dec 11, 2022 12:08 PM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Fournette (foot) is expected to suit up for Sunday's contest against the 49ers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Fournette is officially listed as questionable due to a foot injury that caused him to sit out Friday's practice entirely, but he's expected to be available versus San Francisco. With rookie Rachaad White gaining relevance in Tampa Bay's offense and Fournette nursing an injury to some extent, however, it's possible the veteran's backfield touches leave something to be desired. The 49ers' defensive fronts is also one of the league's top units. In any case, fantasy managers will still want to monitor Fournette's status as it becomes official ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 11, 2022 2:49 AM EST

Receives questionable tag

Fournette (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Brianna Dix of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: After being added to the Week 14 injury report Thursday as a limited practice participant, Fournette sat out Friday's session entirely. While the downgrade in activity heading into the weekend is typically a worrisome sign, head coach Todd Bowles downplayed the situation after Friday's practice, telling Jenna Laine of ESPN.com that he wasn't concerned about Fournette's injury. Even if Fournette is ultimately cleared ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, it's possible he moves into more of a supporting role after he occupied the larger side of a timeshare out of the backfield with rookie Rachaad White in Monday's come-from-behind win over the Saints.

Dec 9, 2022 2:47 PM EST

Dealing with new injury

Fournette was limited at practice Thursday by a foot injury. Brianna Dix of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Fournette previously sat out Week 12 due to a hip pointer and was listed as questionable for Monday's eventual win against the Saints, but he suited up for that contest and got the better end of the RB snap share with rookie Rachaad White, 60-41 percent. Overall, Fournette turned his 16 touches into 81 yards from scrimmage, while White had 15 touches for 69 total yards and a receiving TD. With a new health concern in tow, Fournette's status now is one to monitor ahead of Sunday's game at San Francisco.

Dec 8, 2022 1:44 PM EST

16 touches in return

Fournette (hip) rushed 10 times for 49 yards and secured six of seven targets for 32 yards in the Buccaneers' 17-16 win over the Saints on Monday night.

Analysis: Fournette logged one more snap than backfield mate Rachaad White and also tied his teammate and Cade Otton for second on the team in catches. The veteran back's solid level of involvement in his return from a one-game absence was encouraging, but the fact White logged just one fewer carry and drew one more target seems to imply there will be a near-even timeshare, at minimum, between the two down the stretch. Fournette next does battle with the league-best 49ers run defense in a Week 14 road clash.

Dec 5, 2022 8:58 PM EST

Returning to action in Week 13

Fournette (hip) is listed as active Monday against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Despite practicing in full during Week 13 prep, Fournette wasn't outright cleared by the Buccaneers for this contest on their final injury report, likely to ensure his hip checked out OK in a pregame warmup. Now that he's officially active, he'll be available to Tampa Bay's offense for the first time since Week 10. Fournette's workload remains to be seen, though, as Rachaad White has taken on an expanded role over the last two games (45 touches for 214 yards from scrimmage).

Dec 5, 2022 3:48 PM EST

Expected to play Monday

Fournette, who's listed as questionable due to a hip injury, is expected to play Monday against the Saints, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Fournette was a full participant in practice all week but still receiving a questionable designation. While it appears like the veteran running back will give it a go during Monday's primetime matchup against a divisional rival, fantasy managers are still encouraged to confirm his availability before the 8:15 ET kickoff. Last time Fournette face New Orleans, he totaled a season-high 24 rushing attempts but mustered only 65 yards.

Dec 5, 2022 1:16 PM EST

Questionable despite practice

Fournette (hip) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Saints, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Fournette was a full participant in practice all week, so it seems as if the Buccaneers are taking the cautious approach with his questionable designation. Expect more clarity regarding the situation to be resolved well before Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff, but if Fournette is unable to play, Rachaad White would once again step into a prominent position.

Dec 3, 2022 1:00 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Fournette (hip) practiced in full Thursday.

Analysis: Despite having a Week 11 bye to rest and recover from a hip pointer that he suffered Week 10, Fournette was unable to play this past Sunday at Cleveland after practicing in a limited capacity all of last week. Now with an uncapped session under his belt, he'll be available to the Buccaneers backfield. The primary question mark surrounding Fournette moving forward is his standing within the offense. Rookie Rachaad White racked up 109 yards from scrimmage on 23 touches against the Browns in Week 12, so the breakdown of work between he and Fournette remains to be seen Monday against the Saints.

Dec 1, 2022 1:28 PM EST

Practicing to begin week

Fournette (hip) is on the field for Thursday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Coming out of Tampa Bay's Week 11 bye, Fournette was a limited participant for three consecutive practices due to the hip pointer he sustained in the Buccaneers' Week 10 win over the Seahawks in London. He ultimately didn't make enough progress to gain clearance for this past Sunday's 23-17 overtime loss to the Browns, paving the way for rookie Rachaad White to log 23 touches as the Buccaneers' lead running back. The Buccaneers won't release their first Week 13 injury report until later Thursday, at which point it will be known whether Fournette will go down as a limited or full participant in practice. For the moment, Fournette looks like he could be on track to play Monday against the Saints, but he may be part of a timeshare with White or possibly even a pure backup.

Dec 1, 2022 9:05 AM EST

Predictably ruled out

Fournette (hip) will not travel to Cleveland and has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Fournette was listed as doubtful on Friday's final injury report, so it always seemed unlikely the veteran would be unable to suit up. Expect Rachaad White to see plenty of workload with the newly activated Giovanni Bernard (ankle) also mixing in on passing downs.

Nov 26, 2022 11:25 AM EST

Doubtful for Sunday

Fournette (hip) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Browns, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Fournette was a limited practice participant throughout the week but likely will be named on the inactive listed ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Assuming that's the case, Rachaad White figures to make his second NFL start and handle a large workload, after getting his first start (over Fournette) in the last game before Tampa's Week 11 bye. Fournette suffered a hip pointer in the second half of that game and reportedly is still dealing with significant pain this week.

Nov 25, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Stays limited at practice

Fournette (hip) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report.

Analysis: Fournette has maintained his activity level this week following the hip pointer that he sustained in the Bucs' last game, a Week 10 victory versus the Seahawks in Munich. Coach Todd Bowles described Fournette's injury as "very sore" Wednesday, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, so the running back's status will be one to monitor as the week continues. Friday's report could provide some clarity regarding Fournette's status ahead of Sunday's contest at Cleveland, but if he's limited or sidelined, Rachaad White would be set up to dominate Tampa Bay's backfield, with Ke'Shawn Vaughn also a candidate for reps.

Nov 24, 2022 1:38 PM EST

Officially limited Wednesday

Fournette (hip) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.

Analysis: Fournette suffered a hip pointer in the Buccaneers' last game, a Week 10 win against the Seahawks in Munich. Even with the benefit of a Week 11 bye, though, he emerged from the respite "very sore," coach Todd Bowles told Jenna Laine of ESPN.com on Wednesday. The result for Fournette was a capped session to kick off Week 12 prep. If he's limited or sidelined Sunday at Cleveland, he'd likely yield most of Tampa Bay's backfield reps to rookie Rachaad White, with Ke'Shawn Vaughn also on hand for touches.

Nov 23, 2022 1:47 PM EST

Still sore after bye

Coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that Fournette (hip) is still sore, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Fournette suffered a hip pointer in the second half of a Week 10 win over Seattle, and while reports shortly thereafter suggested he'd likely be available after a Week 11 bye, Bowles' comment Wednesday puts the running back's status into question. Rachaad White got the start over Fournette in that final game before the bye, and it could be the rookie leading the way again even if Fournette is active for Sunday's game in Cleveland.

Nov 23, 2022 10:39 AM EST

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