New Orleans Saints Jameis Winston played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday despite being diagnosed with four fractures in his back.
Winston was doubtful for Sunday’s game at the Caesar Superdome after being restricted in training all week.
However, with additional padding on his back, he will be able to stand up to Tom Brady and Co. loudly Fox sports.
The report claims there is no risk of further damage but that Winston will go through “an awful lot of pain”. It further added that the Saints gave him four different pads to choose from to cushion and protect the area.
After limited training on Wednesday, Winston told reporters he was “overcoming a sore muscle in the first game” but it seems the injury is more serious than he thought.
The Saints will be without running back Alvin Kamara with a rib injury, so getting a strong game from Winston despite his injuries will be even more important for New Orleans this weekend.
Winston will also be happy to take the field if he gets a chance to get another shot at Brady’s Bucs.
His 2021 season ended with a left knee injury from a tackle by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White the last time he faced Tampa Bay in the Superdome.
“Hopefully I don’t have to relive that moment,” said Winston, who missed the last nine games of last season while recovering from reconstructive surgery. “I’m just pushing forward and focusing my eyes on this week.”
The Buccaneers (1-0) are back in New Orleans (1-0) on Sunday in a game that would give the winner an early lead in the NFC South.
“I’m just grateful to have this opportunity now,” Winston said. “I’m here now – healthy – and I’m ready to rock. That’s it.’
Winston gets his second start against the team that drafted him for the first time overall in 2015, but let him go in 2020 when Brady opted to sign with the Bucs after two decades with New England.
“They are just another team. I have a lot of respect for a lot of these players, some of my old teammates,” Winston said.
“But at the end of the day it’s a division game where it’s up against the best with Tom Brady. But I can’t go against him. I have to go up against Devin White and (Linebacker) Lavonte David and (Safety) Antoine Winfield and (Defensive Tackle) Vita Vea and (Edge Rusher) Shaq Barrett.