The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed running back Ronald Jones II on the reserve / COVID-19 list on Wednesday. He’s the fourth Buccaneer to earn the designation this week as the team’s three specialists – punter Bradley Pinion, kicker Ryan Succop and long snapper Zach Triner – all made the roster on Tuesday.
The new reserve list category has been created for a player who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after being in close contact with an infected person (s). If a player falls into one of these categories, his club are required to immediately place the player on the reserve / COVID-19 list. In accordance with agreed NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on player health other than roster status. Clubs cannot reveal if the player is in quarantine or if he is positive for COVID-19.
Jones was already a question mark to play in Atlanta on Sunday due to a broken little finger in the team’s Week 14 victory over Minnesota. He had surgery this week to insert pins into his finger and did not train on Wednesday. Jones leads the Buccaneers with 900 rushing yards on 180 carries, placing fourth in the NFL in that category. Discussing the possibility that Jones will not play on Sunday due to his finger injury, head coach Bruce Arians indicated that Leonard Fournette would take the lead in the backfield under the circumstances.