And now Koetter will have to decide whether to sit Winston for this Sunday’s game against the Saints if he isn’t able to practice this week.
“There’s three factors in that,” Koetter said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “First and foremost is what the medical staff says. That’s for every player. Jameis is at the front of the list. Second is the player. The player knows if he can go or not. And then third, when we’re watching practice, if it doesn’t look like they can go or it looks like they can’t go at a success rate good enough for us to win. … But we haven’t had any of those things.”
The Bucs are a disappointing 2-5, and they don’t have a bye week left because their schedule was rejiggered by Hurricane Irma at the start of the season. So with wins needed somewhat quickly and no breaks remaining on the schedule, it might be in Tampa Bay’s best interest to put Winston on the shelf for a week or two and let Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team’s healthy backup, try to turn things around. Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes and nearly rallied the Bucs past the Cardinals after Winston went down.
Koetter says a decision could be made Wednesday, when the team begins preparing for the Saints.
“As far as moving forward, you know, nothing will be decided on that until Wednesday based on what the medical staff says and how Jameis feels,” he said.