Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add Running Back to Injury Report

The already struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushing attack may have hit a snag. Running back Leonard Fournette was added to the injury report on Thursday with a foot injury. Fournette practiced in full on Wednesday, so his foot ailment is either new or had previously gone undiagnosed. He played a typical allotment of snaps in Monday Night Football's thrilling 17-16 win over the New Orleans Saints, carrying the ball 10 times for 49 yards and nabbing six of his seven targets for 32 yards.

Fournette has been the Bucs leading back in what has been a historically terrible run game this season. The team ranks dead last in rushing yards per game and rushing yards per attempt, and his 3.5 yards per carry on 46.5 yards per game are a big reason why. To his credit, the Bucs' issues on the ground clearly extend beyond his individual play: backup running backs Rachaad White and Ke'Shawn Vaughn are averaging 3.7 yards per attempt between them.

Speaking of backups, the Bucs should likely be able to get by should Fournette need to sit in Sunday's matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The aforementioned Rachaad White has come on of late, totalling 283 yards from scrimmage over three games since prying starting duties from Fournette in Week 10. He even snatched the game-winning touchdown reception on Monday night. The Bucs could hypothetically benefit from funnelling a few more touches his way.

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