While the Bucs may be still mathematically in the playoff hunt, at 4-7 it would most likely take winning out and a lot of help to make the postseason.

But a glimmer of hope may be on the horizon when Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter told the media on Monday that quarterback Jameis Winston, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury, is slated to return to practice on Wednesday.

“Yeah, Jameis had an MRI this morning and then he also did some rehab work with the trainers and if he does not have any soreness tomorrow(Tuesday) after the rehab work, it looks like he will be cleared to practice on Wednesday,” Koetter said.

“He would be able to take all the reps if he doesn’t have any residual soreness.”

Bucs QBs Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs QBs Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs lost 34-20 on Sunday to the Falcons, but it wasn’t necessarily because of the quarterback play of Ryan Fitzpatrick who is 2-1 since taking over for Winston. But despite the solid play of Fitzpatrick in relief, Koetter seemed to say Winston will be on the field at Lambeau if he is able to go this week.

“I haven’t really given that a lot of thought,” Koetter said. “It’s my experience in the NFL that when your starting players are cleared to play, they return to be your full-time players. Over the next few days when the players come back to work here there will be some conversations about the type of thing you were asking about, but I didn’t really know if Jameis was going to be cleared today and officially, until they make sure he is not hurting tomorrow, he officially really isn’t cleared yet. Those will be discussions that we will be having here in the coming days.

“Well, let’s see. I haven’t seen him throw yet. I haven’t even talked to Jameis [Winston] since he had this workout. But until he is officially cleared, we will be making the game plan both ways and we will see what happens come Wednesday. You guys will see him out there.”


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3 years ago

He’ll play. Front office and coaching staffs trying to save jobs.

3 years ago

Considering his shoulder issues, and a possible suspension next year, it would make more sense to keep him out, and see what they have in Ryan Griffin. What has made any sense this season? Glazers, don’t let this turn into a Andrew Luck situation. Step in, and demand this doesn’t happen. If Koetter can’t accept your input, gladly let him resign.

Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

Yeah is Jameis isn’t 100% then there is zero reason to play him. This team isn’t making the playoffs. Wait till he’s fully healthy.

Buc 1976
3 years ago

Who cares we are now playing for a high draft pick . JUST MY OPINION.

Reply to  Buc 1976
3 years ago

Coaches who won’t be hear come draft time, and current roster players couldn’t care less about draft pick number. Last I checked, it’s the coaches and players who coach and play the games, not the fans on the internet.

3 years ago

At this point, I don’t even see how Winston, given his play this season and the way the rest of the players and coaches have performed this season, would significantly improve our chances of winning the last 5 games. Quarterback play hasn’t cost us games this year – it’s the sum total of team mediocrity that has cost us wins.

Maybe Licht and Koetter are stretching, trying to come up with anything to save their jobs. Too little, too late.

Reply to  Naplesfan
3 years ago

Naplesfan, Agree with you.