In a game that was suppose to be somewhat of a revenge game for Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who threw four interceptions in last year’s 40-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, that revenge opportunity was cut short after Winston left the game before the first half was over with an injury to his throwing shoulder.

Winston finished the game 5-for-10 with 61 yards, but some of those attempts came after Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones threw Winston to the ground right on his throwing shoulder. After the Cardinals took a 24-0 lead en route to a 38-33 win, Koetter pulled Winston, as to not further risk his injury.

After the game, Winston’s spirits were down, as they were for the rest of his teammates, but he said that he isn’t too worried about the injury long-term.

After the game, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter was asked about the status of his franchise quarterback. Here’s what he said.

“X-rays were negative is all that I know,” Koetter said. “Right now it’s too early to say that. Of course we’re concerned about that… That’s why you get a veteran backup, though. And outside of two plays, I thought Ryan did a really nice job.[Winston] just didn’t feel like he could throw it. Jameis didn’t feel like he could throw it down the field.

“He’s not the first or last quarterback that is going to have an injury. Obviously there is a big injury in Green Bay as well today. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game. Jameis is as tough as they come. This isn’t about toughness. This is about – you know, he got a shoulder injury and couldn’t throw the football. He couldn’t do his job. We’ll just have to see what happens.”

Veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22-of-32 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in relief of Winston.

The X-rays being negative is a good start, and Winston being able to come back into the game immediately was a good sign that the severity of the injury isn’t too much. Perhaps it’s just a sprain, which might keep him out a week – despite Winston’s wishes – but isn’t the worst thing in the world.

For now, we wait.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Fitzpatrick would have been eaten alive if he had played in the first half. Really Coach Koetter? Disappointed with your comments. How many coaches have we gone thru who haven’t listened to their players and fans? I can only think of a couple. Better make some adjustments as Head Coach!

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    • No Winston was eaten alive by AZ first half as usual and Fitzpatrick scored 33 points Same team played Bucs 2nd half as the first 1st half AZ Cardinals played Bucs both halves I do not get your point.

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      • You mean the same team that was without peterson and played cover 4 the entire second half? I don’t get your point. You all scream garbage yards when winston gets them , but those yards by Fitz were all legit to you? Same thing happened last week with the patriots. Fitz also threw 2 picks so you have zero case here.

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    • Actually, Horse, Fitz DID play in the first half. He led the only successful drive of the first half (i.e., the only one that didn’t end in a punt) – drove 70 yards and turned the ball over on downs at the 5 yard line (Coach’s decision to go for it on fourth and goal from the five, rather than kick high percentage short field goal).

      Fitz actually played a pretty good game, passer rating of 102.3, fifth highest rating in the league this week. Led the offense to 33 points, our highest point total this season. Though the Cards defense is not very good, 28th in the league in points against.

      Whether the injury absence of Patrick Peterson in the second half made all that much difference, it’s hard to say. He’s not exactly lighting it up this season, only 3 PDs and no IT and 10 tackles so far.

      How Jameis would have performed had he played the whole game is also hard to say. He was hurt on the first series and wasn’t himself on the three drives he led before being sent to the sideline. But his less than stellar first half performance also fits the pattern all season to date.

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  2. The Bucs scored more points in 2 quarters today with Fitzpatrick than any full game with Winston, Shows the talent this team has been wasted on Winston. Time for people take off the shades and see this team more clearly.

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    • Oh piss off. You’re just going to ignore Patrick Peterson being injured? The Cards being in prevent defense up 31 points? If Jameis had played the exact game Fitz did you’d be on here bashing him for throwing two INT’s & not being good enough. Go spew your crap on Bucs Nation or Joe Bucs Fan. You’ll find plenty Anti-Winston idiots to rage with.

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      • Nah Roots, it’s only call for Garbage yards when Jameis does it. I mean those picks Fitz threw were ok cause he threw them. IT’s mind boggling the hypocracy of the trolls.

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        • With the talent on this team we should have lit up the score board. James needs a mentor and it aint coach K. His play calling has been terrible the past few weeks and that is not James’s fault. All I know is that the coach better turn this team around fast or we my be searching for a new coach this off season.

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          • I agree that the play calling and coaching decisions were horrible. I could not understand why he would not take the FG at the end of the half to get points on the board. After that it was all catch up…not just the score but the PATs. SMDH

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      • Patrick Peterson makes no difference. For one, he isn’t even playing that well this year, only 3 PD, no INT, just 10 tackles. Nothing to get gaga over.

        Secondly, if Peterson is so impregnable a defender, a smart QB stops throwing his way, especially when he’s got a passel of other really good receivers to throw to. On CB can only cover one receiver at a time.

        Jameis is not to blame solely for our offense not being very productive this season, but he shares part of the blame. Stop treating every criticism of Jameis as trolling or idiotic. The guy only said what one helluva lot of Bucs fans are thinking. Maybe those fans will eventually be proved wrong. But it’s not wrong to assess that Jameis is underperforming his PR.

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        • What are you even talking about Naples? So Mike going wild in the second half after Peterson went out is just a coincidence? Peterson is still a top 10 CB. Easily. To dismiss him as some bum is ridiculous. I’d take him on the Bucs in a heartbeat.

          And for the 100th time, I don’t have an issue with fair criticism of Jameis. I criticize him when it’s warranted. He’s part of the offensive issues. But if you can read that original comment and not think it’s completely idiotic, then I don’t know what to tell you.

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          • All the Bucs receivers “went wild” after Jameis went to the bench. Only 5 completions to his receivers by Jameis out of 10 attemps for 51 yards. 22 completions by Fitz, including 7 completions on 12 tries for 54 yards in the first half when Petersen was on the field.

            Jameis simply wasn’t throwing well after he hurt his shoulder. That’s not a knock on Jameis – he tried, but the injury kept him from being able to drive the ball, by his own words.

            The point, it is not trolling or idiocy as you wrote to believe that Jameis is not delivering as advertised. It’s fact. He’s not.

            Now, who is to blame? Well, it’s certainly not for lack of targets to throw to. Play-calling may be a factor, uneven performance in the running game may be a factor. Sure. But so is uneven quarterback performance a factor.

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  3. I heard Winston say something to the affect that his shoulder will stop hurting as soon as the pain goes away. Very confusing.

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    • Jameis is a warrior. He doesn’t want to believe that he is injured. Remember the saying that there is difference between being hurt and being injured. Well, I think that he is injured and could risk further injury if he had went back in. Yet, in his mind, I’m hurt and can suck it up. Hopefully it is minor. If not, I feel that Fitz proved today that he can hold the fort. It’s a long season, eleven games left. Let’s not get too high or too low. JMHO

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    • I think he got that one from that baseball player whose name I forgot.

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      • I got it from my father scubog. I don’t know where he got it:)

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  4. I think it might be a good thing for Jameis to sit for a week. He should be embarrassed and pissed that Ryan Fitzpatrick outplayed him. Kind of like the way drafting Pat Mahomes motivated Alex Smith to start throwing the ball down field instead of being just a game manager

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