Jameis Winston is active and will be under center for the Saints when they face the Buccaneers in the Week 2 home opener, but he will hardly be 100%. The veteran quarterback suffers from four broken backs, https://twitter.com/BillyM_91/status/1571531826484707331?s=20&t=bhYigZdm8xpjbKL72SP3DQ. The report notes that Winston is not at risk of further damaging his back, which is why he dresses on Sunday. That said, Winston is in a lot of pain and the team has given him four different pads to choose from for this match to try and protect him.
Winston was limited throughout the training week with that back injury and was originally listed as questionable on Friday, but has since been listed as active on Sunday morning.
The former No. 1 overall pick made his return to the field in Week 1 after missing the back half of the 2021 season with a torn ACL. Before getting injured a year ago, he had New Orleans 5-2 to start the season. This year, he continued to keep the Saints in the win column, rallying to defeat the Falcons in Week 1. In that win, Winston completed 23 of 34 for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Much of that production came in the fourth quarter when the team erased a 16-point deficit.
Not only did Winston bump into each other, but so did star running back Alvin Kamara, who is inactive for week 2 due to a rib injury. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are also limping in this division game and won’t have the likes of Chris Godwin and Julio Jones.
New Orleans has dominated Tampa Bay for the past two years, holding a 4-0 regular season record against the Buccaneers since Tom Brady arrived in Tampa. For them to go 5-0, it looks like Winston will have to go through severe pain.