The injury bug has hit the Bucs hard as of late and one of the most crucial injuries is the thumb injury to Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston suffered a small fracture at the end of the first half of the Bucs’ 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday, which forced him to miss the first offensive series of the second half before coming back into the game.

Wednesday was the first time Winston and the Bucs practiced this week, and while Winston was at practice with his teammates, he did not grip or throw any footballs during practice during the 30 minute media viewing period. 

Following practice, Bruce Arians spoke with the media and did not give a specific time frame for when Winston would begin throwing this week.

Arians stated that they’ll see how it looks as the week goes along, but did say he won’t play Winston unless he takes reps at some point this week.

“Oh definitely,” Arians said. “He’ll throw before we get there.”

When asked if he expects Winston to play, Arians confirmed that this was his intention

“That’s the plan,” Arians said.

Winston may not have thrown any passes at practice but he was still taking mental reps. And Arians felt that having one day without a little wear and tear on Winston’s body this late in the season wasn’t such a bad thing. 

“I think sometimes it’s good to get your arm rest, but not your brain,” Arians said. “He’s out there taking a drop on every play, telling me what the coverage was, where the ball should have gone, so he got a good mental practice today and it might help him physically.”

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  1. We’ll miss Evans. But now the question is, will Miller play? After the strong showing of Watson, I think we’ll be okay.

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  2. There is nothing the Bucs need to see in backup QB. If Winston can play great, if not oh well. 3rd receiver will be a big decision next year so I hope Winston can play and let guys like Miller play and see if he can do it. Seems like these last few games are more about money. Bucs cant resign everybody and the Dline will cost plenty so I feel it’s almost like Preseason again

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    • Winston needs to play, for evaluation purposes if for no other reason. I’d like to see Miller out there Sunday as well. If we can go into the draft not needing anything more than a late pick, depth receiver, that’s just one more pick we can use for positions we need more quality players to occupy, such as the OL.

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  3. Man, my fantasy took a big hit losing Evans so hopefully I don’t lose Jameis too! Bigger picture though is that I’m hoping to see him out there with his new receivers and see that chemistry put to work for next season. Hope to see more of Jwat and hopefully Miller.

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  4. Miller seems to always be hurt… can he be counted on as a reliable 3rd down WR if he can’t seem to stay healthy? I like his speed… I’m just not so sure about his toughness. Go Bucs!

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  5. The Lions have no intentions to win on Sunday, It is a bye type win for Bucs Lions want shot at one of the QB in draft.
    Whey not get Griffin a game of reps to give experience so that if he does need be back up he will be more ready.

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    • Stupid idea as usual BOB. You’re one of those dumb fans that want “the better pick” by loosing all the rest of our games. Well, that’s a looser mentality this team has had for too long. Let’s see progress and wins because that’s what is real fans want

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    • You can’t call someone dumb and then spell loser with two O’s. smh

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    • So the Lions players who want to impress because they are rookies, on a short contract, looking at free agency, etc. are all just going to lay down against the Bucs? Their head coach will risk his job by laying down? All so they can try to find a replacement for Stafford? Absolutely ridiculous PR reporter, er, I mean Bob.

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  6. Go Bucs! Just keep the W’s coming and build some momentum and confidence going into next year.

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  7. It is time to see Watson. I hope the young man does well. Go Bucs

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  8. Jameis will play. Will be interesting to see how Godwin does without Big Mike on the field.

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    • Godwin knows for certain he’s going to be double-teamed most of the game, so Watson, Perriman, and Miller all need to step up again.

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    • I expect to see more TE play for this reason as well.

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