Bucs QB Winston (shoulder) to miss next few weeks

Tampa Bay’s season might have just taken a turn for the worst.

The Buccaneers are shutting down quarterback Jameis Winston (shoulder) for the next few weeks, head coach Dirk Koetter told reporters on Monday.

Winston left Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints due to the issue, which he aggravated after suffering the initial injury nearly a month ago. Veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced him, completing 8 of 15 passes for 68 yards and one touchdown in the 30-10 loss to the Saints.

Winston first suffered an AC joint sprain to his throwing shoulder against Arizona in Week 6. Fitzpatrick, who came on in relief, led a furious comeback attempt — completing 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns — that fell short in a 38-33 loss.

Even with this performance considered, Winston’s injury-driven replacement is a downgrade, and the starter’s legitimate departure is an even bigger blow to Tampa Bay’s chances.

Coinciding with the injury are four straight losses for the Buccaneers (as part of a five-game skid), who have quickly plummeted from playoff contender to a team with the slimmest of marginal hopes remaining (we’re talking win out, or else). Tampa Bay has disappointed in all three areas of the game, and what

Article source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000873078/article/bucs-qb-winston-shoulder-to-miss-next-few-weeks

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