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The three-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers personal the worst report within the NFC South, however that is unlikely to issue into the enjoying standing of quarterback Jameis Winston as soon as he’s medically cleared from his present shoulder damage.

Head coach Dirk Koetter and basic supervisor Jason Licht anticipate Winston to return as quickly as attainable, regardless of Licht hinting final week at an prolonged absence.

“I do,” Koetter mentioned when requested if he believes Winston will play once more in 2017, in line with Rick Stroud of “From what I do know, I do. However once more, it was relaxation him for 2 weeks, see the place he is at. We talked to a number of docs. That is what the plan is. There’s actually nothing so as to add to that proper now. I do know Jameis is planning on enjoying once more and there is been no dialogue between Jason, myself of him not enjoying once more. That may all be one thing that must come up sooner or later.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick began for the primary time this season in Week 11 towards the New York Jets and led the Buccaneers to a 15-10 victory. Fitzpatrick threw for simply 187 yards with a landing and an interception.

Winston was finishing passes at a career-best fee of 61.four p.c earlier than lastly being sidelined by the damage he has battled by way of for a lot of the season. He has 10 touchdowns with six interceptions by way of elements of eight video games, with the restricted enjoying time placing him on tempo for profession lows in each statistics.