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Jameis Winston did everything but throw in practice Wednesday

Roy Cummings

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TAMPA – Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter was true to his word regarding the activity level of quarterback Jameis Winston during practice on Wednesday.

Just as Koetter suggested on Monday, Winston was held out of all passing drills in an effort to protect his sore right shoulder.

Winston suffered a sprained right AC joint in the Bucs 38-33 loss to the Cardinals last Sunday and is questionable at best for this Sunday’s game at Buffalo.

The good news is that Winston was fully dressed out for the full-padded workout and did everything but throw the ball. And we do mean everything.

Even during the 30-minute window open to the media, Winston took snaps from under center, dropped back and raised his arm to throw during passing drills.

He stopped short of actually throwing, but when it came to running drills he was right in there taking snaps and handing the ball off as usual.

Given that Ryan Griffin is still not eligible to play in a game and the fact the Bucs have not signed a third quarterback, it would seem that the Bucs plan is to go into Sunday with Winston as their backup, at least.

Koetter wouldn’t acknowledge that, saying “I’ll let you guys draw your own conclusions on that,’’ but it’s possible a conclusion may be even more difficult to determine come Thursday.

Koetter said on Monday that he didn’t expect Winston to throw on Thursday either but if he does, it could be a sign he’s progressing quickly and may even be in a position to start on Sunday.

It’s unlikely Koetter will acknowledge that as a possibility at any point prior to the start of the game, so unless it’s all been decided already, Winton will probably be a game-time decision.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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