Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Leonard Fournette likely out for rest of regular season; team signing Le’Veon Bell


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.

The loss of Fournette is another blow to a Bucs offense that lost wide receiver Chris Godwin for the rest of the season after he suffered a torn ACL in Sunday night’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.

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.

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