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Ronald Jones a ‘game-time decision’ with Leonard Fournette handed Buccaneers’ RB1 role

Ronald Jones, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday with a trip to the NFC title game on the line.

Tom Brady versus Drew Brees, Buccaneers versus Saints part three of this season. The Saints have beaten Tampa both times they faced this season, and a season sweep will send the Saints to yet another conference championship game.

For Brady and the Bucs, they might have to do so without Ronald Jones once again.

Bruce Arians’ squad named Leonard Fournette as the starting running back for Sunday, with Ronald Jones officially a “game-time decision,” according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Jones missed last week’s matchup against the Washington Football Team as he couldn’t fight off the pain for his quad contusion. The ex-USC Trojan has had a bit of a coming-out party this season after a somewhat underwhelming first two years in the league.

The former second-round pick posted a career-high in rushing yards in 2020 with 978 in just 14 games, also reaching the end zone a career-high seven times. Jones took the starting back role and ran away with it, a job that many thought Leonard Fournette was going to get after he was set free from Jacksonville.

Fournette starting might not be a bad thing for the Buccaneers. He made the most of his chances against Washington, finishing with 19 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown.

While Arians and company would love to have Jones available for the game, it all depends on how Jones quad feels. As of now, Fournette is the starter, and they could be without Ronald Jones once again.