Le'Veon Bell is signing with the Bucs and Leonard Fournette to IR

Le’Veon Bell is signing with the Bucs and Leonard Fournette to IR. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to sign veteran free agent running back Le’Veon Bell pending a physical, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The move follows the ESPN report announcing that starting Leonard Fournette could be going to an injured reserve for the remainder of the season due to an injury to his hamstring in Sunday’s defeat to New Orleans.

The move will bring together Bell and Antonio Brown after their time together as a formidable 2-way offensive force in Pittsburgh.

Fournette 26-year-old Fournette is leading the team with the number of carries (180) and rushing yards (812), and touchdowns rushing (eight). 

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He has also influenced the passing game, with 69 receptions, totaling four54 yards and two scores. As per the report, the Bucs are hoping to have Fournette be back in the playoffs.

Ronald Jones II likely will take on most of the responsibility in the backfield, with Fournette out.

Bell 29, 29, played five matches earlier in the season for his team, the Baltimore Ravens. Bell ran for two touchdowns and 83 yards on 31 runs.

In all, Bell is a two-time All-Pro who has run for 636 yards and 42 touchdowns across 93 games.

Brown, as well as Brown, played with the Steelers from 2013 to 2017.

Additionally, the Tampa Bay Times reported that linebacker Lavonte David has also been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to the foot injury he suffered in the match against the Saints. 

As with Fournette, The Bucs are hoping to have him back in time for the playoffs, as per the report.

The Buccaneers on Tuesday also put the wide receiver Chris Godwin and defensive lineman Pat O’Connor on IR.