Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette is “likely” to be placed on injured reserve because of the hamstring injury that left him on crutches Sunday night, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Fournette would miss the rest of the regular season, but a source said he is expected to return for the playoffs.
With Fournette sidelined, the Buccaneers are signing Le’Veon Bell, pending a physical, to back up Ronald Jones, a source told ESPN, confirming news first reported by NFL Network. Bell will go to the active roster and not the practice squad, according to a source.
Fournette injured his hamstring in the third quarter Sunday. He has rushed for 812 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
The Bucs (10-4) lead the NFC South by three games with three weeks remaining in the regular season.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine and Jeremy Fowler contributed to this report.