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Bucs RB Ronald Jones to start despite Week 1 benching

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9/14/2021 8:26:16 PM
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Despite being benched after his second-quarter fumble against the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday night, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that running back Ronald Jones will start this week against the Atlanta Falcons, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Arians also provided additional information on starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, who was placed on injured reserve after he dislocated his right elbow Thursday night while attempting to make a tackle.

"Right now, it could be anywhere from four [weeks] until the end of the season. We're still looking at some MRI stuff and a second opinion on what has to be done if anything," Arians said.

As far as Jones, Arians said Tuesday, "Rojo was ready. We started throwing the ball a bunch more. But he's starting this week. He's ready to roll."

It was different from what Arians said Friday, that Jones struggled to regroup mentally after his mistake, which is why Leonard Fournette got most of the work and Giovani Bernard came in on third down and in their hurry-up offense. Fournette also got the first handoff of the game.

"Ro was running really, really well until the fumble, and then he struggled mentally to get over it," Arians said Friday. "That was too big of a game and go out there and not be focused, so Lenny got the rest of the way."

Jones' fumble came with 6:36 to go in the second quarter on a 1-yard run, where he was hit by DeMarcus Lawrence, who knocked the ball loose, with Randy Gregory making the recovery at the Tampa Bay 27. Jones did not see another snap the rest of the game.

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