Leonard Fournette

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

Leonard Fournette News

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

Expected to be ready after bye

Fournette (hip) is expected to be available Week 12 versus Cleveland, the Buccaneers' next game after the bye, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Fournette was forced out of Sunday's 21-16 win over the Seahawks in Munich during the fourth quarter due to a hip pointer, though even before that it was technically rookie Rachaad White who drew the start. By the contest's end it was White who out-carried Fournette by a 22-14 margin, with the rookie also outpacing the veteran with 105 rushing yards compared to 57. It was, however, Fournette who scored Tampa Bay's only rushing touchdown. It's positive that Fournette is expected to be available Nov. 27 versus the Browns, but even if he's made a return back to 100 percent health, it could be that White's career-best performance will result in the rookie earning an increased share of the Buccaneers' backfield work.

Nov 14, 2022 9:34 AM EST

Dealing with hip pointer

Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said after Sunday's 21-16 win over the Seahawks in Munich that Fournette was removed in the fourth quarter of the contest due to a hip pointer, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Tampa Bay listed Fournette as doubtful to return at the time his injury was announced, and he remained off the field the rest of the way to finish the day with 14 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown to go along with a one-yard reception. After leaning heavily on the passing attack for each of their last three games, the Buccaneers surprisingly implemented a run-first offense in Munich, with Fournette averaging more than four yards per carry for only the third time this season prior to his departure. Notably, rookie Rachaad White technically drew the start for Tampa Bay and turned in a career-best performance (22 carries for 105 yards), potentially pushing his way into a more even timeshare with Fournette moving forward, if not unseating the veteran for the lead role entirely. Clarity on the Bucs' backfield plans may not arrive for a couple weeks, as Fournette is scheduled to undergo further evaluation on the injury while the team is on bye Week 11. Tampa Bay is set to return to action Nov. 27 in Cleveland in Week 12.

Nov 13, 2022 9:48 AM EST

Exits in Germany with hip injury

Fournette exited in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks in Munich with a hip injury and is doubtful to return. He carried 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown and added a one-yard reception on his lone target.

Analysis: Even if Fournette's hip injury doesn't prove to be anything worrisome moving forward, his status as the Buccaneers' top back looks to be in question as Tampa Bay heads into a Week 11 bye. Not only did rookie Rachaad White take the first snap out of the backfield Sunday, but he out-touched Fournette before the veteran departed in the fourth quarter. Expect head coach Todd Bowles to provide more clarity on the Buccaneers' backfield plans following Sunday's contest or when the team resumes practicing Week 12 leading up to a Nov. 27 game in Cleveland.

Nov 13, 2022 8:59 AM EST

Bottled up by Rams

Fournette carried the ball nine times for 19 yards and caught five of seven targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Rams.

Analysis: The Bucs' running game continues to sputter, and Fournette has been held under 25 rushing yards in three straight games. In fact, rookie Rachaad White wound up leading Tampa Bay with a mere 27 rushing yards in this one. Fournette's been able to keep his PPR afloat with his receiving work, but he's become a risky fantasy option heading into a Week 10 clash with the Seahawks in Germany.

Nov 6, 2022 7:07 PM EST

Another modest showing Thursday

Fournette rushed nine times for 24 yards and brought in all three targets for 34 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-22 loss to the Ravens on Thursday night.

Analysis: Fournette couldn't get anything going on the ground for the second straight game, and he's now netted just 43 yards on 17 carries over that pair of contests. The veteran did boost his receiving production back up after being held to a season-low seven yards in Week 7, but he's also seen just three targets apiece in two straight games following a four-game stretch with at least six looks in each contest. Fournette's struggles seem to be much more of a product of the offensive line, but he'll still take a depressed fantasy outlook into a tough Week 9 matchup versus the Rams a week from Sunday.

Oct 27, 2022 9:58 PM EST

Held in check during loss

Fournette rushed eight times for 19 yards and brought in two of three targets for seven yards in the Buccaneers' 21-3 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: The veteran back was nearly outpaced in carries by rookie Rachaad White, who logged six totes of his own. Fournette was partly frozen out by game script as well as the afternoon went on, and even his usually robust pass-catching role didn't manifest. Fournette's rushing yardage and target totals were both his second lowest of the season, but he'll likely bounce back into a bigger role during a Week 8 interconference showdown versus the Ravens on Thursday night.

Oct 23, 2022 3:51 PM EST

Eclipses 100 total yards in loss

Fournette rushed 21 times for 63 yards and secured all six targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 20-18 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

Analysis: Fournette saw another heavy workload in the disappointing loss, and he frequently encountered tough sledding on the ground against a Steelers run defense that limited him to a game-long run of 13 yards. However, the versatile veteran once again made his mark as a receiver, tying Chris Godwin for the team lead in receptions and recording a receiving touchdown for a third straight game via an 11-yard scoring grab with 4:38 remaining. Fournette's unquestioned lead-back role and significant involvement in the passing game will continue to afford him plenty of fantasy appeal heading into a Week 7 road matchup against the Panthers.

Oct 16, 2022 3:18 PM EST

Team-high reception total in win

Fournette rushed 14 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and secured 10 of 11 targets for 83 yards and another score in the Buccaneers' 21-15 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Fournette had an interesting statistical line to say the least, as he nearly functioned as much as a receiver as he did a runner. However, the bruising back comfortably paced the team in carries, rushing yards, receptions, receiving yards and targets, an outsized role that naturally buttresses his fantasy value significantly. Fournette went in from one yard out on both his rushing and receiving scores, and he heads into a Week 6 road battle against the Steelers with hefty workload expectations once again in a contest that should have a favorable game script for the ground attack.

Oct 9, 2022 3:06 PM EST

Puts up receiver numbers

Fournette rushed three times for a loss of three yards and caught all seven of his targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-31 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Fournette looked sluggish in his three first-quarter carries, but he was able to produce stats for his fantasy managers as a receiver. Rookie backup Rachaad White vultured a touchdown and also chipped in 50 receiving yards, but the versatile veteran is still the top dog in Tampa Bay's backfield. Fournette will try to find success as a rusher against Atlanta's porous run defense next Sunday (123.6 rushing yards allowed per game).

Oct 2, 2022 9:47 PM EST

Held in check

Fournette rushed 12 times for 35 yards and caught five of six targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 14-12 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Fournette was stuffed in the running game for a second straight week, with Sunday marking his lowest output this season on the ground. While he compensated with his best performance as a pass-catcher, it still wasn't a very productive day for the veteran tailback. Fournette will strive to recover from his two-week funk and score his first touchdown of the campaign in Week 4 versus the Chiefs.

Sep 25, 2022 4:39 PM EST

Active as expected Week 3

Fournette (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 3 clash against the Packers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: As expected, Fournette will play through his hamstring issue for the second straight week and likely shoulder another solid workload out of the Buccaneers' backfield. Additionally, with Tampa Bay down its top three receivers in Mike Evans (suspension), Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee), Fournette's pass-catching prowess could certainly come in especially handy against Green Bay's tough defense.

Sep 25, 2022 12:02 PM EST

Expected to face Packers

Fournette (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday versus the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Fournette is officially listed as questionable for Week 3, but he played through the same ankle injury last week while handling his usual starting role. The Buccaneers are preparing to operate with a severely hampered wide receiver group versus Green Bay, which could set Fournette up for increased opportunities in the passing game. An official word on the veteran's status will come prior to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

Sep 25, 2022 2:58 AM EST

Listed as questionable again

Fournette (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Fournette played through the same injury last week, taking 87 percent of Tampa Bay's offensive snaps, and likely will do the same this week after logging limited practices Wednesday through Friday. It is possible the Bucs get backup RB Rachaad White more involved come Sunday, but it'll be a major surprise if Fournette is on the inactive list ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.

Sep 23, 2022 1:23 PM EST

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