Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Unless Jameis Winston can practice more, Bucs may consider sitting him against Saints

The Bucs are considering sitting quarterback Jameis Winston for Sunday's game at New Orleans unless he is able to practice more this week, although no determination has been reached.

Winston has missed two practices in each of the past two weeks recovering from soreness in his shoulder. He suffered an AC joint sprain in his right throwing shoulder in a 38-33 loss at Arizona Oct. 15.

While Winston had one of his best performances in the second half at Buffalo last week, finishing with 384 yards and three touchdowns, he struggled on a windy day in a 17-3 loss to Carolina Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

Winston has made 39 consecutive starts and no decision would be made before Wednesday. He said he felt fine after Sunday's game.

Winston completed 21-of-38 passes for 210 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble. The Bucs believe Winston's timing and precision has suffered a bit with his lack of practice reps, especially against the Panthers.

In preparing for Buffalo and Carolina, he did not throw a football prior to Friday's practice.

"As I mentioned earlier in the week, that's not ideal," Koetter said after the game. "That's when you have to rely on all the work Jameis put in the off-season, puts in after practice. I still don't think this will be an every week, all season thing. That's just my opinion. I'm not a medical guy. I don't know what happened. If he was hurt (Sunday), I don't know that yet."

Winston's pain tolerance is pretty high, but like all players, the Bucs believe he could benefit from practicing more.

Bucs backup Ryan Fitzpatrick looked good in his only appearance this season. He complete 22 of 33 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a loss at Arizona.

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