Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette spilled the tea over an undisclosed apparent injury he suffered.
Following Tampa Bay’s overtime win over the Cardinals on Christmas Day, Fournette shared in a now-deleted tweet that he was struggling with a Lisfranc injury to his foot.
“I hate it when people are here just talking and saying I’m out of shape etc.” Fourette wrote:. “Do you all understand that I play with a Lisfranc in my foot every week, I can barely push my foot, but you grace of God, I will keep moving, you are all wrong … … #BucsWin.
A Lisfranc injury occurs in the midfoot due to bone fractures and/or torn ligaments. It’s a painful injury that causes players to lack explosiveness, according to sports physician Jesse Morse.
Fournette has struggled in recent weeks as he continues to share snaps with rookie running back Rachaad White.
Fournette’s apparent injury was not disclosed by the Bucs until Sunday’s game. It’s unclear why he deleted the tweet.
If the Bucs knew Fournette was injured and did not disclose it in the injury report, it could result in a possible fine from the NFL. As of Tuesday morning, the team had yet to receive any disciplinary action related to Fournette’s tweet.
The 27-year-old was classified as questionable with a foot injury in Week 14, but ended up playing in a loss to the 49ers. He was limited to training that week.
When Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles spoke to the media on Monday, he said he didn’t know the severity of Fournette’s injury.
“He ran quite well (on Sunday) so I don’t yet know the seriousness of the situation”, said Bowles. “The training room doesn’t open until 3 p.m. today, so I’ll get the report then.”
The coach also called Fournette — who racked up a season-high 162 yards on 29 touches in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals — a “true pro” and a “team player.”
“He knows Rachaad has promise and he knows he has a lot to offer too,” Bowles said. “It doesn’t matter who starts for us in between. It’s about who gets hot during the game and who makes the plays.
The Bucs host the Panthers on Sunday. The winner will be in charge of the NFC South with one week remaining in the season.