The Buccaneers decided against the third-year pro testing his arm Thursday, saying Winston instead will work with the first-team offense on Friday. "You can draw your own conclusions".
Sunday's game is going to be tough enough. The third-year quarterback is thus set to play through an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder in Sunday's hard matchup with a Buffalo defense that's held opponents to a 66.5 passer rating, 2:8 TD:INT ratio and 6.6 yards per attempt.
Teams typically don't declare a player's status for an upcoming game until Friday.
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston started the practice week by going through an entire session without throwing any passes, but took a step forward on Thursday.
Koetter was asked Wednesday whether it can be assumed that since the Buccaneers have not signed an additional quarterback Winston will be available in some capacity on Sunday. "This is a long season".
Winston has started all 37 games in his three-year National Football League career, so that streak is no longer in jeopardy.
Winston said whether he plays will be a "joint decision", though ultimately the team would have final say. Winston had said after the game that he expected to play, and after four days of rest, he's back where he needs to be. "And when Sunday comes, we all will know what'll happen".