Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston suffers sprained ankle in loss to Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston not only tossed four interceptions during Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, but he sustained a sprained left ankle as well. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians mentioned after the game that backup Ryan Griffin was warming up on the sidelines and could have entered the contest in place of Winston:
Bucs coach Bruce Arians said quarterback Jameis Winston suffered a left ankle sprain on the medial side. They actually had Ryan Griffin warming up on the sideline and Arians admitted he should have taken Winston out. https://t.co/rYyJu7T0ZI
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Winston entered Sunday’s outing already leading the league in interceptions, a number that rose following his inability to connect with his wideouts. The exclamation point on his performance came in the fourth quarter when Winston overthrew an open Mike Evans and saw Saints defensive back Marcus Williams take the errant throw back the other way for a 55-yard score. On the play, Winston was seen limping after Williams during the return.
Last season saw Ryan Fitzpatrick make seven starts under center for Tampa Bay. With Fitzpatrick now manning the quarterback position in Miami, Griffin, who hasn’t thrown a regular-season pass in his career, would be in line to suit up next week versus Atlanta should Winston be unavailable.
Following the defeat, the Buccaneers have fallen to 3-7 on the year, leaving them very little flexibility over the final six weeks as it pertains to reaching the postseason in the NFC. Winston now has 19 touchdown passes to a whopping 18 interceptions on the season. First-year head coach Bruce Arians is facing not only poor performance from his franchise quarterback, but now also an injury before a crucial divisional matchup.