Rumors began to swirl as the Bucs took the field to start the second half in Sunday’s contest against the Colts. Trailing by six points, it wasn’t Jameis Winston under center for Tampa Bay’s first drive, but backup quarterback Ryan Griffin.
It was discovered shortly after that Winston was dealing with a fractured thumb, but the fifth-year quarterback re-entered the game for the team’s second drive of the half before leading the Bucs out of a 14-point second half deficit to secure the come-from-behind victory.
“I really didn’t feel it in the locker room because it was just coming off of a two-minute drive and I was going in there,” Winston said. “But when I came out, because I’m not playing catch in the locker room, I came out to grab the ball and went, ‘Oh.’”
Winston was then asked about when the injury occurred.
“It was the last two-minute drive,” Winston said. “I threw a ball to O.J. [Howard] and I kind of hit… [Al-Quadin Muhammed] got underneath. I threw it and I hit his hand and then when I tried to pull it back I hit his helmet.”
Winston’s injury will likely limit his role in practice this week and his status for Sunday is currently up in the air as Tampa Bay looks to extend their season-long winning streak to four against the Detroit Lions.
“I think it’s getting better every day,” Winston said. “I’m just taking it day-by-day.”