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Buccaneers running back Kenjon Barner suspended

Bucs continue to lose running backs, just not to injury this time

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back is currently on his fourth team in the past three years and following his suspension announced on Tuesday, he may soon be looking for another.

Now, we’re getting ahead of ourselves a bit here, as no official word has come down the Bucs plan to part ways with their now suspended running back. With injuries to Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy however, the team can’t very well afford to sit back while more potential impact players are taken off the field by their own actions.

In the statement released by the NFL, a spokesperson says,

Kenjon Barner, who is currently on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad, has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances. Barner is eligible for reinstatement on Tuesday, Nov. 3, following the Buccaneers’ Week 8 game at the New York Giants.”

In just his second action of the year, Barner played five snaps on special teams and four on offense. He was targeted once by Brady, and returned one kickoff for 33-yards.

Now, at worst, he’ll have to wait for Week 8 before possibly contributing for the Buccaneers. If he stays on the team at all. Looking ahead to Week 5, the Buccaneers currently have Ronald Jones II and Ke’Shawn Vaughn as the only fully-available (healthy) running backs on roster with none on their practice squad available to call up before Thursday Night against the Chicago Bears.