Winston (shoulder) completed 32 of 44 passes for 384 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Bills. He netted zero yards on his sole rush and fumbled twice, losing one.
Winston showed no ill effects from the sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, slinging the ball with abandon throughout the afternoon while connecting with nine different pass catchers. The quartet of O.J. Howard, Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate combined to secure 24 of Winston's 32 completions, helping lead the third-year signal caller to his fourth straight 300-yard performance in games in which he's played all four quarters. Winston is putting up the most prolific stat lines of his career this season, but a suspect defense has made some of those performances for naught. He'll look to carry the Buccaneers to a win against the Panthers in a Week 8 home tilt.
The status is fully expected, given that head coach Dirk Koetter had anointed Winston as his Week 7 starter following a successful practice Friday. Despite the AC joint sprain currently plaguing him residing in his throwing shoulder, Winston apparently will not face any limitations Sunday, outside of a generally unfavorable matchup against a solid Bills secondary, that is.
The Bucs let Winston rest until Friday, at which point he took all the first-team reps in practice. Koetter apparently liked what he saw, naming Winston as the team's Week 7 starter immediately after practice finished. The third-year quarterback is thus set to play through an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder in Sunday's matchup with a Buffalo defense that has held opponents to a 66.5 passer rating, 2:8 TD:INT and 6.6 yards per attempt. Accounting for both the matchup and the injury, Winston makes for a shaky starting option outside of two-quarterback leagues. He's technically listed as questionable, but the Bucs have a slew of players with the same designation who are fully expected to play in Sunday's game.
Winston (shoulder) threw passes at Friday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Buccaneers have taken it easy with Winston this week while he deals with an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder, as the franchise signal caller didn't make any throws Wednesday or Thursday. However, he was able to air it out a bit Friday, and based on a video provided by Auman, it didn't look like he was especially limited while doing so. The Buccaneers will reveal Winston's status for the Week 7 matchup with the Bills when they release their final injury report of the week at the conclusion of Friday's practice.
The Buccaneers made the conscious decision to delay Winston's first tosses of the week as he tends to an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. Very likely, he'll be listed as a limited practice participant for the second straight day, with the hope he'll progress to full by week's end. Winston has already referred to his upcoming availability as a "team decision," implying Friday's session will go a long way toward achieving active status Sunday in Buffalo. If Winston is unable to convince Tampa Bay's brass of the soundness of his throwing shoulder, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will be trusted to run the offense.
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|11||11/19/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
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|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||535||312||58.3||4042||7.56||68||22||15||27/190||57||9||84.2|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||567||345||60.8||4090||7.21||45||28||18||35/239||43||4||86.1|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||6||208||131||63.0||1643||7.90||58||10||4||8/52||16||2||95.5|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||54||213||3.9||21||6||2||18|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||53||165||3.1||14||1||0||10|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||6||10||30||3.0||8||0||0||1|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||10||6||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||7||1||0||5||0||0||5||0|