The 4-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will need a miracle if they want to somehow qualify for the playoffs, and getting their starting quarterback back on the field Sunday should help.
On Wednesday, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter announced that Jameis Winston has been cleared to play against the Green Bay Packers. Winston injured his shoulder in Week 6 and aggravated it again in Week 9. He suffered no structural damage and has been undergoing platelet-rich plasma treatments — also known as blood spinning — in recent weeks.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has started the last three games for Tampa Bay and played decent, with the Bucs beating the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins but losing to the Atlanta Falcons last weekend. They really couldn’t afford another loss if they wanted to stay in the postseason hunt, and they basically have to win out now.
Winston’s play had been disappointing this season before he suffered the shoulder injury. The third-year pro has thrown just 10 touchdown passes compared to six interceptions and has a passer rating of 87.3, which is about the same mark he has had since entering the NFL. The Bucs were hoping Winston would take a leap in his third season, so you could say the injury was a big obstacle.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be fighting for a wild card spot down the stretch, and Jameis Winston may be able to help them do that in the near future.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Winston has received platelet-rich plasma treatments in his injured shoulder and is getting close to making his return.
“I’m told a couple weeks ago he had PRP injections — platelet-rich plasma treatment — in other words, blood spinning,” Rapoport said. “[It is] something that is used often, especially by high-profile athletes, during rehab to quicken the recovery. It takes about two weeks to take hold for Winston. He does have an MRI on Monday and the team is holding out hope before saying anything. They want to find out the actual terms and what happens during the MRI, but I am told he feels great, looks great, and his return is coming.”
Winston injured his shoulder in Week 6 and aggravated it again in Week 9. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but the injury is to the quarterback’s throwing shoulder and is likely causing issues with pain management.
All signs indicate the Bucs are not going to shut Winston down for the season. While he is under NFL investigation after a woman claims he sexually assaulted her, no disciplinary action is expected for Winston (if there is any) until next season.
The attorney representing the woman who has accused Jameis Winston of sexually assaulting her during an Uber ride is quite familiar with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, as he also represented the woman who says Winston raped her back in 2012 at Florida State. And on Sunday, the lawyer came out firing.
John Clune, who represented Erica Kinsman in her lawsuit against Winston, wrote a series of tweets Sunday after Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby came to Winston’s defense. Darby, who played college ball with Winston at Florida State, says he was also in the Uber car at the time of the alleged incident. Clune insists that is a lie.
And to be clear, no one else was in the car besides Mr. Winston and if anyone is “confused”, it isn’t the Uber driver.
Mr. Winston's friend from his FSU days is just making things worse by inserting himself into this.
— John Clune (@CluneEsq) November 19, 2017
We have asked the NFL this morning to investigate Mr. Darby and are demanding the he immediately turn his phone over to the NFL so the GPS history can be forensically examined.
— John Clune (@CluneEsq) November 19, 2017
Clune confirmed that he has been retained by the Uber driver, though he did not say if the woman would be pressing charges or filing a lawsuit. The attorney said the alleged victim’s only goal is to “put other women on notice of this unacceptable behavior as so many other women have recently done.”
Winston has vehemently denied that anything inappropriate happened during the Uber ride, and Darby said he was in the back seat with Winston at the time the driver claims a man grabbed her without consent. There have been differing accounts of how many people were in the car, with the driver saying it was only her and Winston and that Winston was in the passenger seat.
The incident is currently being investigated by the NFL. As of now, the Uber driver has not gone to police.
It sounds like Jameis Winston will return this season, and sooner rather than later.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is “another week or two” from returning to action and will be re-evaluated Monday, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
#Bucs doctors have not cleared Jameis Winston to resume throwing again. Will re-evaluate today but will most likely be another week or two.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) November 20, 2017
Winston has been given a rest in November after a shoulder injury nagged him for much of the year. It remains to be seen how much the rest will help him and heal the injury, but the Buccaneers are showing no inclination to shut him down for the entire season, though things will certainly depend on how the re-evaluation checks out for him.
Jameis Winston says he was not the only passenger in an Uber car the night a driver alleges that he sexually assaulted her, and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby is willing to vouch for Winston’s side of the story.
On Sunday, Darby released a statement saying he was on the same Uber ride with Winston, and the two were sitting in the back seat. Darby, who played college ball with Winston at Florida State, also said “nothing inappropriate” happened during the ride and the accusations the driver made are “not true.”
“I felt the need to come forward and clarify some inaccurate accounts of the evening of March 13, 2016 when myself, a friend and Jameis Winston took an Uber ride in Arizona. There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported,” Darby said, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. “Myself and Jameis were in the backseat. I am confident that nothing inappropriate in nature happened in the car that evening and Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver. The accusations are just not true.”
The driver says Winston was riding in the front passenger seat was the only other person in the car besides herself. She alleges that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback grabbed her inappropriately while in line at a drive-thru waiting for food.
Winston came out immediately after the allegations surfaced and said they are false. There has been some confusion over the amount of people in the vehicle, and one of Winston’s representatives said the QB has only been accused because the Uber account was under his name. Winston confirmed that Uber suspended his account after the driver filed a complaint.
There is some confusion over the amount of passengers who were in the Uber that has led to a sexual assault accusation made against Jameis Winston.
The NFL reportedly is investigating an allegation of sexual assault made by the driver of an Uber against Jameis Winston in Scottsdale, Ariz. in March, 2016. The woman accuses the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback of grabbing her crotch without permission.
Winston responded with a statement in which he said the allegations were false. One of his arguments is that the driver is mistaken about the number of passengers in the car, who was sitting next to her, and who may have groped her. In her allegation, the woman said Winston was the only passenger.
Winston’s reps believe a voicemail from an Uber rep named “Chris” who called about the incident and indicated there may have been multiple passengers aids their case.
The article from @BuzzFeed alleges Jameis Winston was the only passenger in the car. Winston and his reps say no. I listened to the original voicemail from “Chris” from Uber stating “you or someone else in your vehicle" engaged in inappropriate behavior.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2017
The voicemail to #Bucs QB Jameis Winston from a person IDing himself as Chris from the Uber office — which I have listened to — is one reason Winston’s reps show multiple people were in the car. There is no known video of the incident
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2017
It’s unclear if the Uber representative who left the message used that particular choice of words because he knew there were multiple passengers, or if that’s standard language used in all calls they make. Only one account holder orders an Uber, regardless of how many passengers there will be. So a representative might just use that language in a phone call because they are uncertain over the number of passengers.
Absent more information surrounding the voicemail, the message alone does not prove Winston is telling the truth about there being multiple passengers. So it still comes down to both sides are saying something different about how many passengers there were.
Jameis Winston has responded to the sexual assault allegations against him that came to light on Friday, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback says he has been wrongly accused.
In a statement, Winston said the claim that he put his hand on a female Uber driver’s crotch without consent is “false.”
“A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago. The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver,” Winston said, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her. The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account.”
The Uber driver said Winston was the only person in her car at the time, but Winston seems to be refuting that. Winston’s agent said previously that the driver was unable to identify the specific individual who inappropriately touched her and only named Winston because the account belonged to him.
You can read more details of the alleged incident here, but the driver did not seem uncertain that it was Winston who assaulted her. The NFL is investigating the incident, and the Bucs said Friday that they are also in the process of obtaining information.
Bucs statement on the Winston matter pic.twitter.com/FOPBHWCLda
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 17, 2017