Barner was reverted back to Tampa Bay's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction report.
Barner suited up for the Buccaneers in Week 3 against Denver but played only four snaps, all on special teams. He'll hope to earn another call-up to the 53-man roster as the season unfolds.
Barner is active for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Broncos after being elevated from the practice squad Saturday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
How much action that actually translates to is still very much in the air, however, considering the top running back trio of Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy all are healthy. Instead, it's possible Barner is utilized in either or both returner roles, considering his extensive experience in that area over his previous seven NFL seasons.
Barner was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The veteran's elevation is somewhat curious, considering the Buccaneers' robust running back depth chart is at full health. However, while 2020 rules allow for each team to promote up to two practice squad players each week, there is no requirement for said players to be active on gameday. If Barner were to be in uniform against the Broncos on Sunday, it would likely be for his work on special teams, where he's garnered extensive experience in both returner roles over his seven seasons.
The Buccaneers signed Barner (lower body) to the practice squad Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Barner served as Atlanta's primary return man in 2019, accounting for 267 yards while fielding punts and 406 yards on kickoffs. He fills the practice squad spot that would have been occupied by rookie seventh-round pick Raymond Calais, who was poached by the Rams.
Barner (lower body) was let go by Baltimore on Saturday, Morgan Adsit of Fox Baltimore reports.
Barner was dealing with an injury that forced him to miss some of the later stages of camp, so it's likely that contributed to his release. The depth tailback and return specialist will look to find opportunity elsewhere, perhaps returning to Baltimore on its practice squad.
Barner departed Friday's practice after suffering a lower-body injury while fielding a punt, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Barner limped to the locker room, indicating it's a lower-body injury, but there are no other details about the nature of his issues. The 31-year-old is battling for a roster spot in Baltimore after spending the last three years with four different teams, so his best path to a roster spot is by returning kicks and punts.
Barner signed a contract with the Ravens on Wednesday.
The Ravens are hoping to use sixth-round pick James Proche as their return specialist, but they'll bring in Barner as a backup plan in case the rookie isn't ready for the assignment. The 31-year-old isn't likely to get much of a chance on offense, where he'll be stuck behind Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill on the depth chart at running back.
The Ravens are expected to sign Barner, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Barner doesn't have much utility outside of the return game, but for his career he's averaged 23.4 yards on 48 kick returns and 7.7 yards on 72 punt returns. Last season, he even took a punt to the house for the Falcons in a Week 11 matchup against the Panthers. With Baltimore, he's most likely to vie for the primary kick return role with reserve running back Justice Hill.
Barner ran for 28 yards on four carries and caught six of eight targets for 22 receiving yards during 2019. He also accumulated 267 punt return yards and one touchdown on 35 attempts and 406 kick return yards on 17 attempts.
The 29-year-old finished top 10 in yards per punt return for the first time in his career during 2019, while his 23.9 yards-per-kick-return average ranked fifth best in the NFC. Barner becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he offers special-teams ace ability to whichever team elects to sign the veteran. His offensive role will likely remain limited, however, as he hasn't garnered more than 28 rush attempts in any season since being drafted by Carolina in 2013.
Barner doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Week 17's game against Tampa Bay.
Barner was upgraded to a full participant in Friday's practice after managing both shoulder and hip injuries. The veteran is expected to handle return duties for the game while providing depth at the running back position behind Devonta Freeman and Brian Hill for Week 17.
Barner (shoulder/hip) was limited in practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Barner has yet to miss practice this week despite multiple injuries. His status in Friday's session bears monitoring.
Barner (shoulder/hip) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice's estimation.
Barner seemingly picked up a pair of injuries Week 15 against the Niners, but he was able to play through the issues during Atlanta's Week 16 date with Jacksonville last weekend. Unless he suffers a setback of some sort, Barner probably will be good to go again for this weekend's season finale against Tampa Bay.
Barner (shoulder/knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars.
Barner began the week not practicing but put in two consecutive limited sessions to avoid the questionable tag. The 30-year-old should serve his usual role as the Falcons' primary return man Sunday.
Barner (shoulder/knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Barner is nursing two injuries, but Thursday's limited practice represents tangible progress in his recovery. He'll serve as Atlanta's top kick and punt returner if cleared to suit up Week 16 against the Jaguars.
Barner (shoulder) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Barner's offensive usage is minimal behind Davonta Freeman and Brian Hill, but he's a valuable returner on kicks and punts. If Barner's injury is serious and keeps him out of Week 16's game against the Jaguars, Kendall Sheffield and Russell Gage could fill field kicks/punts in his place.
Barner caught one of two targets for four receiving yards during Sunday's 29-22 win against the 49ers. He also collected 19 yards on four punt returns and lost one fumble.
The seven-year NFL veteran once again served as the Falcons' primary return man Week 15, but his fumble on a punt return early in the fourth quarter set up San Francisco for a Jimmy Garoppolo-to-Kyle Juszczyk touchdown pass. Fortunately for Atlanta, Matt Ryan and the offense orchestrated consecutive TD drives in response to pull off the 29-22 upset, perhaps lessening the pressure on Barner for the late-game gaffe. Barner has committed an alarming three fumbles on the season but has counteracted that flaw by establishing 8.1 yards per punt return, good for ninth best in the NFL heading into Week 16.
Barner caught both of his targets for six receiving yards and registered a 47-yard kick return during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.
The 29-year-old special teams dynamo has seen an uptick in offensive involvement over the past three weeks, but the volume still has been nowhere near a level that would merit considering him as a weekly starter in fantasy lineups. He's garnered two offensive touches in each of Atlanta's past three games after commanding three total touches between Weeks 1 and 10, but Barner's consistent special teams role, as well as the presence of other serviceable running backs on the roster, will continue to limit his workload moving forward. Barner will continue to serve as a change-of-pace option to Devonta Freeman and Brian Hill in Week 14 when the Falcons take on the Panthers' bottom-six rush defense.
Barner caught both his targets for eight yards during Sunday's 35-22 loss to Tampa Bay. He added eight yards on a punt return.
Sunday's receptions were Barner's first since Week 4 and he's now earned multiple touches in back-to-back games. Far more of a returner than an offensive weapon, he had only two touches through the first six games but has recorded double-digit offensive snaps in each of the past three weeks. The arrow is definitely pointing up, but in most fantasy formats there's still little reason to pay Barner too much mind. Next up is a Thanksgiving matchup with a New Orleans defense against whom he notched a 12-yard run in Week 10.
Barner ran for 15 yards on two carries and recorded a 78-yard punt return touchdown during Sunday's 29-3 win against Carolina.
On the same field in which he was decked by punter Matt Bosher (groin) late last season while a member of the Panthers, Barner ripped off a game-breaking punt return TD that helped Atlanta establish a 10-point lead on his former team of two years. Barner provided a substantial boost to an already stellar day for the Falcons' D/ST, with Atlanta's defense generating four interceptions and five sacks. Should Devonta Freeman (foot) be forced to miss his second consecutive tilt next week against the Buccaneers' top-ranked rush defense, Barner will continue to split running back duties with Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison in addition to his special teams role.
Barner gained 12 yards on his only carry during Sunday's 26-9 win over the Saints. He added 33 yards on a pair of punt returns.
Barner now has a carry in back-to-back games after just one touch, a four-yard catch in Week 3, prior to that this season. The former Oregon Duck has been a solid returner for a disappointing Falcons squad, ranking sixth in the league by averaging 25.0 yards per kickoff and 13th in the league with 7.9 yards per punt return, but he hasn't done much outside of special teams. Sunday brings a matchup against a struggling Carolina run defense surrendering 5.2 yards per carry -- 31st in the league -- and with Devonta Freeman (foot) likely to be sidelined, Barner could be headed for his largest offensive workload of the year.
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