Leonard Fournette Activated from Injured Reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping to see the return of ‘Playoff Lenny’ this postseason. The first step was to make him ‘Active Lenny.’

On Saturday, the Buccaneers activated running back Leonard Fournette for injured reserve, making him eligible to play in Sunday’s Divisional Round game against the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium. Fournette missed the last three games of the regular season and the Wild Card win over Philadelphia due to a hamstring injury suffered in Week 15.

To make room for Fournette on the 53-man roster, the Buccaneers waived running back Le’Veon Bell. The team also elevated wide receiver John Brown and quarterback Ryan Griffin from the practice squad, making them eligible to play on Sunday as well.

Fournette become known as ‘Playoff Lenny’ and then ‘Lombardi Lenny’ during the Buccaneers’ run to the Super Bowl LV championship last year due to his outsized production. He set franchise records for a single postseason in yards from scrimmage (448) and rushing yards (300) and tied Mike Alsott’s record for touchdowns scored with four. Fournette’s 448 yards for scrimmage were the ninth-most by an individual player in a single postseason in NFL history. He also became just the third player in league annals ever to score a touchdown in four straight games in the same postseason.

Fournette carried that playoff hot streak into the 2021 regular season, quickly earning the lead role in the Buccaneers’ backfield and racking…

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