Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has not missed a start in his NFL career, with 37 consecutive starts. He has finished all but three, including Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals after he suffered a right shoulder injury on the first series.
According to an NFL Network report, Winston has an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. Coach Dirk Koetter confirmed that was the nature of the injury during a Monday afternoon session with reporters. Winston had an MRI exam Monday.
Koetter said he does not expect Winston to do any throwing in practice Wednesday, but he could throw later in the week. He said the Bucs will see how the injury is affecting Winston's velocity and that will factor into whether he can play Sunday against the Bills.
"We're hoping for the best and happy it's good news." Koetter said.
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If Winston cannot play, former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick would lead the Bucs. He threw for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions Sunday in helping the Bucs rally from a 31-0 deficit in what became a 38-33 loss.
Winston was hurt on the first series but played the next two series before coming out of the game.
"Not concerned at all. It was just pain," Winston said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "That's the only reason I didn't come back. That's the only reason.
"I'll be back. … Soon."