The Buccaneers have handled a variety of major accidents (and one abrupt departure) over the previous couple of weeks. With the wild-card spherical of the playoffs simply days away, the defending Tremendous Bowl champions acquired a lift at Wednesday’s observe.
Tampa introduced a pair of working backs—Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard—and standout linebacker Lavonte David returned to observe on Wednesday.
All three players have been positioned on injured reserve in December. Bernard has been out since Dec. 14, whereas David and Fournette went on IR on Dec. 23. All are eligible to return to the crew after lacking a minimum of three video games.
Fournette, who shined for the Bucs throughout final yr’s Tremendous Bowl run, tallied 812 yards and eight touchdowns in 2021, speeding for a career-high 4.5 yards per carry. He has additionally been a major issue within the passing sport, with 69 receptions for 454 yards and two touchdowns. He is been nursing a hamstring injury earlier than returning to observe.
Bernard, who has been out with a hip injury, has primarily served as a third-down again and go catcher out of the backfield, with 23 receptions for 123 yards and three scores. He has additionally rushed for 58 yards on the season.
David, a three-time All-Professional for the Bucs, went out with a foot injury final month. He has 97 whole tackles and a pair of sacks on the yr.
Tampa Bay has three weeks to activate the three players after at the moment’s return to observe, although this opens the door for a return as early as this weekend.
The Bucs’ playoff title protection begins on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, after they hosts the Eagles within the wild-card spherical.
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