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.