As if going down 31-0 and eventually losing a rematch game against the Arizona Cardinals 38-33 wasn’t bad enough, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to deal with even more uncertainty after the game, as their starting quarterback, Jameis Winston, was not able to finish the game due to a shoulder injury.

The initial report on Sunday was that X-rays were negative on Winston’s shoulder, which meant nothing was broken, but he was schedule to have an MRI on Monday.

The MRI revealed that Winston had a Grade 1 (so a low grade) AC spring in his throwing shoulder.

Later that day Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter cleared up exactly what that meant for Winston moving forward.

Koetter classified Winston as “day-to-day,” which means he could still play this weekend in Buffalo. What Koetter clarified to the media was that Winston took himself out of the game because he just didn’t feel like he could throw the ball with enough velocity to help the team the way he would need to. He said his shoulder had too much soreness, discomfort to throw.

With an AC sprain, Winston’s status for the game will be all about pain tolerance. He can’t injure it any further (baring him getting thrown on the ground like that again), and will be “cleared” medically to play. By Sunday, it will be all on him – Koetter already noted Winston’s toughness in the video above.

Koetter said Winston likely won’t throw on Wednesday’s practice, but they’ll see what he can do in the following days.

In the meantime, Ryan Fitzpatrick will move forward as the team’s starting quarterback. Ryan Griffin is cleared to come back with the team this week, but only to practice, not to play in the game. So, right now Adam Humphries would likely be the second string quarterback, if Winston can’t go. In terms of signing a possible third quarterback, Koetter said they will wait a few days to see how Winston responds before making an emergency signing.

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2goodbucs
3 years ago

It may be a blessing in disguise. Winston may hit the long bombs perfectly without overthrowing his receiver.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  2goodbucs
3 years ago

He might have learned something, just take the sack in that situation. It’s not going to help him throw the ball.

Dude
Reply to  Jlog
3 years ago

Or throw the ball away…

Horse
3 years ago

Don’t play him for his own good. He needs to give it a couple weeks. Give it time to heal. This season is going nowhere anyway. There is no need to take a chance so early in the season and in his career.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

It’s really not a risk for that. He’s unlikely to injure it further by throwing the ball more. It may or may not impact the recovery time. I’ve had sprains where lightly working on it seemed to speed up the recovery time. Now that wouldn’t be the case with a severe sprain where there is a tear but I will assume with it being a grade 1 there is no tearing. The pain is similar to dental pain in that it’s goes from nothing to a sharp pain so it’s not easy to push through vs. something that’s constantly sore.… Read more »

Buc 1976
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

I would rather see Jameis be the back up this week if he is cleared to play. Rushing him back into duty is not a good scenario we still have all the teams in our division to play and need him more then. Also Ryan K did not look bad. The Bills will have to game plan for both QB’S.

Buc 1976
Reply to  Buc 1976
3 years ago

I ment to say Ryan Fitzpatrick my bad.

Brooks Dunn-Winston
3 years ago

You all should celebrate!! You might not have to watch JW this week!

Harry Winston
3 years ago

You Can’t throw long passes every play with this injury,using the short and medium quick pass game would help Jameis and the offense if the HC would Call it lol I doubt it . defenses have the offense peg by personnel in the game they know when we ‘re running and passing you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.

Harry Winston
3 years ago

Also if you notice a lot of young QB’s are running offenses similar to what they ran in college
think about it. The HC admitted he wanted the 2nd pick in the 2013 draft not the first one when he was OC if that had happen you would be watching Oregon offense on the field

76Buc
3 years ago

So he has a spring in his shoulder?

Horse
3 years ago

If any of the Owners are reading these posts, please protect winston and let him heal naturally. This game is not life or death. Intervine and make sure he can throw the way he usually does as he is a decent quarterback who will get smarter with more experience over the next several years. Also, while I’m venting, why is Hargreaves the villian here when it’s Mike Smith who is trying to force something that’s not working.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

I have little doubt that his ability to make the throws and not team pressure will determine if he plays or not. If the pain is too much he wont be able to make the throws. Short term it might force him to tighten up that elongated throwing motion that leads to the ball sailing on him so maybe 2goodbucs did have point. When I originally thought about that I was thinking about him simply putting too much into the pass not his poor at times form. Both Smith and VH3 are in the dog house IMO. Smith for not… Read more »