Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in the shoulder of his throwing arm. Coach Dirk Koetter says that there’s no structural damage and Winston will be day-to-day.
Winston left last Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals after taking a hit from linebacker Chandler Jones. He fell hard on his right shoulder and tried to continue playing. However, the pain was too much and backup Ryan Fitzpatrick had to take his place.
Fitzpatrick will work with the first team in the early part of this week while Winston works on getting healthy.
“Jameis is as tough as they come, but we’ll be able to see at some point this week how it’s affecting his velocity,” Koetter told the media.
“That was the thing yesterday, when Jameis said he needed to come out — Jameis loves to compete and loves to play — but he just felt like he couldn’t drive the ball down the field like he needed to. We’ll just have to see how his days, how his recovery and how his treatment goes.
“The fact that he’s not definitely out, that’s obviously good news,” Koetter added, while saying that Winston won’t practice or even throw the ball until later this week.
The Buccaneers could wait until Friday to decide if Winston is capable of playing against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. Koetter said that there’s no risk of further injury, but Winston still needs to be able to tolerate the pain to play.
“The way I understand it, he will be cleared medically to play,” Koetter said. “I know Jameis can handle a lot of pain — that’s not gonna be an issue.
“I think it’s going to be more of, ‘Does Jameis feel like he can play at the level he needs to play at?’ Obviously, the No. 1 thing in all of this is Jameis’ long-term health. That has to be the No. 1 thing.”
What if Winston can’t Play?
If Jameis Winston can’t suit up, then Fitzpatrick will get the start. The veteran completed 22-of-32 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in relief of Winston. Fitzpatrick is not only the next-best option on the roster, but he’s also the only quarterback who’s currently healthy for Tampa Bay.
Ryan Griffin, the team’s third quarterback, also has a sprained AC joint that he suffered in the preseason. Griffin’s injury has been described as more severe than Winston’s, which is why he spent time on injured reserve. But Griffin is getting healthier and now able to practice again.
Koetter and general manager Jason Licht have also discussd the possibility of bringing in another quarterback in the case of an emergency. However, no decision has officially been made on this front.
Buccaneers vs Bills Odds Week 7
Again, we won’t know if Winston can play on Sunday until later this week. He must show the ability to drive the ball downfield if he’s going to face the Bills.
That said, the Buccaneers are a tough bet right now as we await the Winston’s status. This is one reason why we don’t currently have a line for them right now at GTBets.eu.
This was already going to be a tough game for Tampa Bay because they’re on the road and facing a 3-2 team. But without Winston, it’ll be an even tougher matchup.
The one solace here is that Fitzpatrick is a very capable backup. He started several years for the Bills and New York Jets, showing that he can have a good game when needed.
In any case, you may want to wait and see if once double take the field before making a bet (when available). After all, he gives them a much better chance to cover their spread this week.