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Jameis Winston Shut Down by Team Doctors

“Famous Jameis” is officially shut down. After re aggravating a shoulder injury on Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is missing his first start in his young career. With that, Winston’s 40-game start streak is coming to an end. The news comes after a 30-10 loss against the New Orleans Saints on the road last Sunday.

How He Got Injured

During the showdown, Winston ate a sack from Saints’ defensive end Cameron Jordan before the half, and Alex Okafur also getting a hit in the same play, as head coach Dirk Koetter would explain.

After the hit, backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick made his entrance into the game to take over the void left by Winston.

Winston’s right shoulder, also his throwing shoulder, would start having issues in week six. Winston’s injury would come against the Arizona Cardinals in the form of a sprained AC joint. While the injury would not be seen as hazardous at the time, Winston sat out of three quarters of play. Week seven would see Winston return against the Buffalo Bills, and a week eight start against the Carolina Panthers at home.

Prior to this injury, Winston would achieve a personal milestone: Totaling over 10,000 career passing yards in four years at quarterback for Tampa Bay.

Winston would get an MRI on the shoulder on Monday, with the result being no structural damage. The Buccaneers are making the decision to shut down Winston to allow him time to rest his injured shoulder.

As of now, Winston will be out at least two weeks for the Buccaneers, and will look to return by Nov. 26, with a showdown on the road against the Atlanta Falcons.

Impact of Winston’s Injury

The injury to Winston sends shock waves to the Tampa Bay depth chart. With Fitzpatrick in at backup, this now means that Ryan Griffin is activated on Sunday to serve as the backup.  This now leaves Fitzpatrick to start against his old team, the New York Jets.

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Fitzpatrick is responsible for completing 30 passes of 48 attempts for 358 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. While that may pale in comparison to Winston’s 1,920 yards and 10 touchdowns, Fitzpatrick will hold a slight edge in playing the team that cut him off the roster one year ago.

Finally, with Fitzpatrick getting the call to start, the Buccaneers are hoping to avoid a six game losing streak. As it stands, the Buccaneers hold a 2-6 record in 2017, and look to avoid another loss on Sunday. They hope to avoid a six-game losing streak, and sit at last in the NFC South.

What’s Next for the Bucs?

While Tampa Bay deals with the injury to Jameis Winston, they look for Fitzpatrick to lead the charge. The Buccaneers host the New York Jets on Sunday from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Kickoff for that game is at 1 p.m. and will be broadcasting live on CBS.

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Stephen Cabrera is a current University of Florida Journalism student and fan of football, basketball, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling.

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