Bucs fans weren't braced for what they saw in training camp Saturday.
Quarterback Jameis Winston, the franchise savior, practiced with a small brace on his left knee.
No, coach Dirk Koetter was quick to say, Winston does not have an injury to his knee. He's merely trying out the latest technology as a preventative measure but isn't committed to wearing it during the season yet.
"Jameis was going to start wearing that brace yesterday,'' Koever said. "The brace they sent didn't fit right. They had to get a new one sent in. We're demo-ing it out. A lot of quarterbacks in the league wear knee braces on one leg. That's the latest and greatest technology. He's demo-ing it out to see how it goes. He doesn't have any injury. There's nothing there. It's all preventative and precautionary. We'll see how it goes.''
Winston is wearing the brace on his left knee because it is the most vulnerable to being hit when he strides into a throw.
"On a lot of those guys, especially those big guys, when they stride into it and they lock out one leg, that can be a problem,'' Koetter said. "Don't go crazy on it. This isn't your story of the day that Jameis had a knee brace on. We'll see how it goes.''