The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are shutting down quarterback Jameis Winston for at least two weeks in hopes the condition of his injured throwing shoulder improves. The top overall pick of the 2015 draft then aggravated the injury in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
The first overall pick in the 2015 draft has made 40 consecutive starts to begin his National Football League career.
The 23-year-old originally injured his shoulder in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, leaving the game in the second quarter while Fitzpatrick filled in for him. On Sunday, Winston had passed for 67 yards in the first half before the halftime decision was made to sit him for the remainder of the game.
After a 384 yard, three touchdown passing game against the Buffalo Bills, Winston threw for 210 yards and no touchdowns at home against the Carolina Panthers.
Winston completed 7-of-13 passes for 63 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Bucs host the Jets (and former Bucs QB Josh McCown) Sunday, followed by three straight road games - at the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers, all playoff teams last season and all at.500 or above now. All in all, a bit of rest might help heal up more than just an injured shoulder.
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