Friday, September 21, 2018
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Bucs’ Jameis Winston has a new normal of missing practice

Jameis Winston is sticking to his new normal of not throwing the football the first two days of practice to rest his sprained right throwing shoulder. It didn’t seem to bother Winston a week ago when he passed for 384 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 30-27 at Buffalo.

"It’s feeling better. I know how it’s going to feel no matter what,’’ said Winston, who is expected to throw for the first time this week on Friday. "So I’m just kind of used to it. You never know, when I dealt with it before, I wasn’t doing half the treatment I’m doing now. (Trainer) Bobby (Slater) has been taking care of me. Everybody in that training room, they’ve been taking care of me. So we got a good training staff, so who knows?’’

Winston said his shoulder did not bother him last Sunday, in part because of the adrenaline of game day.

"It’s just because it’s competition,’’ Winston said. "I’m not really worried about how my body feels, I’m worried about how my team is doing.’’

In fact, Winston played catch with someone on the Bucs sideline during TV timeouts to stay loose last week.

"Keep it warm,’’ Winston said. "It’s difficult to put a hot pad up under my shoulder pads and stuff, just trying to keep it loose.’’

The Bucs 2-4 start has not begun to wear on the ever-positive Winston.

"I think we’ve just got to execute,’’ Winston said. "I don’t like using the word ‘frustration,’ because I believe we have an excellent team. I just think we have to execute.’’

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