Jameis Winston Out For At Least Two Weeks With Shoulder Injury

Jameis Winston Out For At Least Two Weeks With Shoulder Injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be taking at least two weeks off after aggravating an existing shoulder injury.

During the Bucs’ Week 9 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, Winston was sacked by Alex Okafor and Cameron Jordan in the first half of the game. The hit sidelined the quarterback for the duration of the game.

"When he got hit on his left side and the weight of the defensive end and Jameis' weight fell on his right shoulder, that's when he aggravated it," stated Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter. "After that point, he was definitely hurt."

Winston was originally injured during the Buccaneers Week 6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He has now been playing for 4 weeks with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.

Following the 30-10 loss to the Saints on Sunday, Winston underwent an MRI Monday morning where doctors delivered the unfortunate news – it’s time to shut Jameis down.

Though details of his injury will not be available until Wednesday’s injury report, Koetter did disclose that Winston will be out for a minimum of two weeks.

There is no getting around the fact that the Buccaneers have suffered since their star quarterback was initially injured. Tampa Bay is 0-4 since his shoulder sprain, even though Winston did pass for 384 yards with three touchdowns in their Week 7 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

What Does This Mean For Tampa Bay In Week 10?

The Buccaneers have been struggling this season, just take a look at their 2-6 record more than halfway through their regular season. Even if the team weren’t now missing their starting quarterback for at least two games, winning the next seven or eight games would be unlikely. Now last in the NFC South, the Buccaneers are definite longshots to reach the playoffs this season.

Ahead of Winston’s injury and the suspension of Mike Evans after a Bucs-Saints melee, USA online sportsbooks expects New York Jets vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers betting lines to shift heading into Sunday. Evans is expected to appeal his one-game suspension. Currently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2 ½-point home underdogs and the game total is set at 41 ½ at BetOnline.

The N.Y. Jets are 4-5 this season and have a 1-3 away record. The Jets are 4-0 ATS in their last four matchups against Tampa Bay, while the Buccaneers are 6-2-1 ATS this season. The under is 4-0 in Tampa Bay’s last 4 games after gaining less than 250 total yards in their previous games.