Former Buccaneers RB suspended for violating NFL PED policy

A tough road for a former Bucs player just got even tougher thanks to a suspension for using PEDs. 

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There’s been an awful lot made about running backs in recent days, specifically surrounding whether or not they’re paid accordingly.

One running back is in the news for a different reason, all the wrong reasons in fact. He’s a familiar name to Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans too, even if he hasn’t played here for a hot minute.

On Monday it was announced that the NFL had suspended former Bucs running back Ronald Jones II for violating the league’s PED policy. 

It’s not a lengthy suspension, as Jones will be eligible to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3.

There was some hope in Tampa Bay that Jones could have been what many believe Rachaad White will be. He was drafted in the second round out of USC back in 2018 but failed to catch on in any of the offensive schemes he was plugged into. 

Jones quickly fell out of favor with Tom Brady due to his fumbling issues and ultimately lost his place in Tampa Bay ahead of the 2021 season. He caught on with the Kansas City Chiefs, but didn’t end up making much of an impact there either. He wasn’t able to stand out in a sea of guys like Jerrick McKinnon and Isaiah Pacheco, which is how he ended up in Dallas. 

Now he’s hit another setback, as missing the first two games of the season is hardly the position a guy like Jones wants to be in. He has yet to prove himself in the league and this is yet another road block in his career.