Buccaneers Odds: Jameis Winston Questionable for Bills Game

jameis-winston-week-7-injuryTampa 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.

jameis-winston-bucs-injuryThe 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?

ryan-fitzpatrick-buccaneersIf 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.

Things get Ugly in Tampa Bay with Leak of Josh Freeman’s Drug Program Involvement

josh-freeman-drug-programThe past few weeks have already been miserable for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. All throughout September, he was bashed for sleeping through a team photo and losing his captaincy through a team vote. On Sunday, he was officially benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. And now Tampa Bay has leaked information on Freeman’s involvement in the NFL’s drug program.

The latter is not only something that reflects negatively on the embattled quarterback, but also on head coach Greg Schiano and the Bucs organization in general. Freeman’s teammates weren’t even supposed to know about him being in the program – let alone the media. So now the NFL is investigating the matter because leaking sensitive information of this nature is a huge violation of league standards.

When news first surfaced about Freeman’s alleged drug problem, people began to connect the dots. A missed team photo, a loss of confidence in him by the coaching staff, losing his job to a rookie third-rounder…it all added up to a major problem. However, the truth is that Freeman voluntarily checked himself into the NFL’s drug program after accidentally taking Ritalin instead of Adderall to treat his ADHD.

The fifth-year quarterback’s actions are certainly not despicable by any means. But the violation of his privacy is, and it’s something that Freeman won’t take lightly. “Since the confidentiality of my medical status has been publicly violated,” he said, “I am choosing to address this matter so that grossly erroneous assumptions about me do not persist.”

At this point, there’s no word on who leaked the info to the press. But Freeman strongly suggested that it’s somebody within Tampa Bay as he said, “Unfortunately, it appears that some people who may have noticed the testing at my workplace have made hurtful and incorrect assumptions, and chosen to disseminate inaccurate and very disturbing information.”

josh-freeman-tampa-bayLeaking Josh Freeman’s involvement in a drug program is just the latest disaster for the Buccaneers. They’ve opened the year with zero wins through their first four games and have looked very undisciplined under Schiano. Many people have already been calling for the head coach to be fired, and now it’s highly likely that somebody from his staff smeared Freeman.

Schiano denied having any knowledge of who’s been talking to the press. But it certainly doesn’t reflect well upon him since he was never a supporter of Freeman to begin with. Now Tampa Bay’s front office has even more ammunition to fire him, beyond a winless start to this season.

Moving past Schiano, Freeman and the Bucs, this situation is bad for the entire league. The NFL has been working hard to ensure that players feel comfortable approaching team officials about personal and substance abuse problems. With the disaster that Freeman has experienced in Tampa Bay, players may think twice about discussing these matters with coaches.

This is especially true if somebody has a more severe problem than mistakenly taking Ritalin. If a player struggles with an alcohol or cocaine addiction, they’d be very wary about the press finding out.

Taking all of this into account, you can bet that Rodger Goodell and league officials will take this situation very seriously. At the least, somebody is getting suspended when the NFL finds out what happened. And now Schiano has to worry even more about the status of his job.