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Bruce Arians confirms Jameis Winston will start for Buccaneers against the Lions

Bruce Arians, Jameis Winston, Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians confirmed that Jameis Winston will make the start on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Winston suffered a fracture in his right thumb during the Buccaneers’ win last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. He was able to finish the game, but there were still some questions if he would be able to go.

This week during practice, the team has been cautious to make sure there were no setbacks. During Wednesday’s practice he simulated throwing a football, Thursday he graduated to throwing tennis balls, and on Friday he was throwing the pigskin.

It’s been an odd season for the former Florida State standout with a lot of good and also a lot of bad. Winston has thrown for 4,115 yards and 26 touchdowns. The 26 ties him with Russell Wilson for the second-most touchdowns in the league only behind Lamar Jackson.

The bad involves interceptions thrown and there have been a lot of them. Winston has thrown the ball to the opponent 23 times, which is the most in the NFL. Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has the second-most interceptions, but he only has 16.

The good news for Winston is the Lions only have five interceptions as a team this year. That hasn’t stopped him from throwing interceptions before, but at least he’s not facing an elite defense.

The Buccaneers are still trying to decide what they want to do at the quarterback position going forward. Maybe if he can limit his turnovers the last few games he can get another chance with the team.