Tampa Bay Buccaneers activate Lavonte David linebacker, running back Giovani Bern ahead of wild-card match

TAMPA FL. — The Tampa Bay BuccaneersActivated inside the linebacker Lavonte DavidAnd running back Giovani BernardInjured reserve ahead of Sunday's wild card game against the Philadelphia EaglesThe team announced this Saturday.

Officially, Bernard and David are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Both the players and the running back Leonard Fournette, which began their 21-day training window this week in preparation for their return to IR. ESPN has been informed by a source that Fournette is still recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered in Week 15. Fournette will not be activated on Sunday. The Bucs had until Saturday at 4 p.m. to make their decision.

David was injured in the foot in Week 15 and Bernard in Week 14 with a sprained MCL and a tendon tear in his hip.

David, the longest-tenured Buccaneer with 10 seasons, is considered the “heart of the Bucs defense” and could play a crucial role in stopping the Eagles' top-ranked rush attack. David's combined tackles were 118, with 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He also had 1 fumble recovery, and 4 pass breakups. Last year, his 26 combined tackles were the most by any player on any postseason team. His five pass breakups were also the highest.

Bernard adds depth and experience to the rushing attack, without Fournette's top backs. Ronald JonesHe was injured in his ankle and was out of action Friday. The Bucs will have Ke'Shawn VaughnActive, alongside Le'Veon BellLast month, he signed with the club.

Bernard finished the year with 181 yards of scrimmage on 31 touches. This included 23 catches for 123 receiving yard. Sunday will be Bernard's fourth career postseason match and his first since 2015.

Tampa Bay has also elevated its running back Kenjon BarnerEnds that are tight Codey McElroyFrom the practice squad to Sunday's active roster and waived cornerback Rashard RobinsonLarge receiver Justin Watson.

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