Former Oregon Ducks RB Kenjon Barner returns from IR for Tampa Bay


A former Oregon Duck may have the chance to play in a Super Bowl.

Heading into the NFC Championship game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated Kenjon Barner from injured reserve allowing him to particiapte in practice again. The team has 21 days to move him to the active roster so there's no gurantee he will play again this season, even if the Bucs defeat Green Bay.

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Barner began the season on Baltimore before being cut in Week2. Then, Tampa Bay picked him up and the return specialist returned seven kickoffs for 167 yards and 13 punts for 75 yards. He played in six total games before going on injured reserve after Week 16 with a groin injury. He also served a four-game suspension. for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy this season. 

In 14 games as an Atlanta Falcon in 2019, Barner returned 17 kicks for 406 yards with a long of 47 yards. He also returned 35 punts for 267 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown against Carolina. 

Barner played for Oregon from 2008-2012 running for 3,623 yards and 41 touchdowns and the Ducks were in the national championship conversation his final three seasons in Eugene, Oregon. Those years, Oregon outscored their opponents by 24.9 (2010), 19.3 (2011), and 26.2 (2012) points per game.

He was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers at 182nd overall. Throughout his seven-year career, Barner has carried the ball 98 times for 401 yards and three touchdowns.