The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cannot catch a lucky break this season. After pulling Jameis Winston from yesterday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Bucs have decided to sit him for “a couple weeks”, head coach Dirk Koetter said today.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, that means he’ll be out for at least two weeks. It may be longer. We don’t know. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in Winston’s place.
Winston was having a breakout third season, until he injured the AC joint in his shoulder four weeks ago. He played through it and played well for one game, but couldn’t get much done in the past two games—both embarrassing losses in which the offense scored just 13 total points, seven of which came without Winston on the field.
Winston aggravated his shoulder injury several times in those games, though, with the worst hit coming yesterday. That reinjury was serious enough for the Bucs to sit him for the second half.
With Winston out, the Bucs are pretty likely to drop the next two games, against the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Of course, they were probably going to do that anyway—they’ve lost the past five straight games, after all, and appear to be playing worse week after week.