To anyone who watched Jameis Winston’s ankle get buckled under last Monday night against the Bengals on a sack, it didn’t take medical doctor to say it wasn’t going to be 100 percent the next day. And while it could have been much worse, the lingering effects are something the rookie quarterback is still dealing with.
The team released little information, nor did Winston in the days following the injury, but on Monday offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter confirmed it was an ankle sprain and it is still bothering Winston somewhat.
“A little bit,’’ Koetter said. “It’s affecting him a little bit. But he’ll be ready to go. He’ll be full speed by Tennessee (in the regular-season opener). It’s not anything he can’t play on. Even in practice, Jameis, you can’t keep him out. (Quarterbacks coach) Mike (Bajakian) is trying to slow the drills down on the side field and Jameis won’t come out. We’ll get him healthy. He’s got a sprained ankle. If you’ve ever had one and you have to move around and cut, it can be painful.’’
Ankle injuries are nothing new for Winston, who struggled with lingering effects on one for part of his final season in Tallahassee. Winston downplayed in the injury when speaking to the media following Koetter’s press conference.
“Pain is temporary,” Winston said. “I really don’t focus on that at all. I played last year at Florida State with a sprained ankle. That’s the least of my worries. My job is to go out there and play quarterback and fight for the team.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Monty Python…………it’s just a flesh wound…….ok we’ll call it a draw….
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Two weeks to GET HEALTHY! Do it.
He’s in trouble if he can’t move around in the pocket because of our weak Oline. I would start Glennon and let Winston have more than two weeks to get healed. He should have never played in the Browns game; that’s on the Head Coach and Offensive Coordinater. We all saw how badly he was limping in the Bengals game.
Horse I agree with you. I really like that brown qb who threww that breautiful pass that clev score a TD. Rest Winston bring in another veteran QB and he and glen play the game. and let winston learn on the sideline.
I really believe that the staff must get healthly on both side of the line.Cut 8 players and bring in three linemen to be used as back up.Go Bucs
“Pain Is Temporary”- but suckin the way we gonna suck, it’s sure to hurt us all season long…
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