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Bills Notebook: Winston to start for Buccaneers, Matthews questionable

At least one mystery has been cleared up for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jameis Winston will start quarterback for the Bucs, ending rampant speculation that backup Ryan Fitzpatrick would have another chance to face his former team as a starter because of the shoulder injury Winston suffered last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made the announcement after Friday's practice, during which Winston took his first meaningful snaps of the week.

"Jameis threw the ball well (Friday)," Koetter said. "Jameis is our starter. He will be out there (Sunday)."

Fitzpatrick threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns in relief of Winston last Sunday.

Bills coach Sean McDermott said earlier in the day his team was "preparing for either" Winston or Fitzpatrick, although his defensive players made it clear that they fully expected Winston to get the start.

"We'll be ready," McDermott said. "I'm confident we'll be ready. We've had a good week of practice. We've got to stay focused on what we can control, but also be ready for either one of them."


The Bills list wide receiver Jordan Matthews (thumb) and cornerbacks E.J. Gaines (groin) and Leonard Johnson (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday, while tight end Charles Clay (knee) and linebacker Ramon Humber (thumb) are listed as out.

Matthews politely declined to speak with reporters after Friday's practice, for which he was listed as a full participant. McDermott said before the workout that Matthews was "still day-to-day right now."

Left tackle Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) did not appear on the injury report and was also listed as a full participant in practice, along with Gaines and Johnson. McDermott was non-committal on whether Glenn would start Sunday.

"We'll see whether he starts or not," the coach said. "We're still going through that as a staff. He's had a good week so far."


Winston had some lofty praise for the Bills' defense.

"They are aggressive," he told reporters. "I call them head-busters. They swarm around the ball. They are trying to knock you out. That’s fun when you see a team that has that. I don’t know if they have a chip on their shoulder because they have some pretty impressive wins, but it’s fun to see a team that plays the game like that – all out.”


At least two buses of fans from Hobart and William Smith Colleges will travel to New Era Field Sunday to support one of their own, Hobart alum and Bucs center Ali Marpet.

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