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Glazer: Saints QB Jameis Winston Has 4 Fractures in Back; No Risk of Further Injury

Erin WalshSeptember 18, 2022

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is set to play Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with four fractures in his back, per Fox's Jay Glazer.

Winston is in "a lot of pain" and will be wearing extra padding to protect the area, Glazer added. Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com also noted the veteran signal-caller has been in pain "all week."

Winston took a hit in the fourth quarter of a Week 1 win over the Atlanta Falcons and was checked out in the medical tent before returning to the Saints bench. After the game, he said he was in pain.

When asked where the pain was, Winston responded: "Just pain. It was pain everywhere."

The 28-year-old, who was limited in practice all week, was initially listed for Sunday's matchup as questionable with a back injury. He told reporters Wednesday (h/t ProFootballTalk's Josh Alper) that he was still "getting over some first game soreness."

Winston has been riddled by injuries over the last two seasons.

The 2015 first overall pick appeared in just seven games during the 2021 campaign before suffering a torn ACL, which sidelined him for the remainder of the year. He also dealt with a foot injury during the 2022 preseason and will now be slowed by his current back ailment.

Winston was solid against the Falcons last weekend, completing 23 of 34 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two carries for nine yards.

However, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will present a tougher challenge for Winston and the Saints, though New Orleans has defeated Tampa Bay in seven straight regular season meetings.

If the Saints beat the Buccaneers, they'll be in sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a 2-0 record.

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