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Jameis Winston Out for Rest of Season

The Saints’ emotional win in Week 8 came at a high price

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The illegal hit that injured Jameis Winston
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UPDATE - November 1, 2021:

After initial fears, the worst has been confirmed. Jameis Winston is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL and damaged MCL.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton stated in a press conference that he is “comfortable” and “satisfied” with his current quarterback room which consists of long-term backup Trevor Siemian, gadget player Taysom Hill, and rookie Ian Book. If this is just lip service or if the Saints actually roll with the three quarterbacks left on the roster is yet to be determined.

Stay tuned for additional updates.


ORIGINAL STORY:

According to Jane Slater of the NFL Network, the New Orleans Saints fear that Jameis Winston’s knee injury is significant. Slater is quoted as saying, “I’m told it’s his ACL.” This is never a good sign for any player. It is likely that the Saints send Winston for more tests but the team medical staff have seen and can diagnose these injuries pretty well, unfortunately.

The injury for Jameis Winston occurred early in the second quarter of this week's game. Winston took a hit by Devin White and was twisted down awkwardly. The hit by White was flagged on the play. The tackle was called a horse collar type tackle, which is illegal for this exact reason. After Jane Slater’s initial report, Ian Rapoport reported that Winston had also suffered “potential damage to the MCL.”

Jameis Winston tried to get up and get off the field but was unable. He was helped to the sidelines and carted to the locker room soon after. Winston was ruled out early in the second half of this game. Before the injury, Winston had accounted for 94 total yards of offense for the Saints, including 40 on the ground. Winston was on course for a career game against his former team before suffering the injury.

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P.J. Williams sealed the game for the Saints
Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The Saints rallied around backup quarterback Trevor Siemian to win the game against the Buccaneers. The defense stepped up and intercepted Tom Brady late in the game to seal the win. This will be the definition of a bittersweet finish to a game. Siemian might be the quarterback going forward for the Saints with Taysom Hill also being out recently with injury. Hill suffered a concussion three weeks ago and has yet to see the field. If the injury to Winston is significant, then it is likely that this backfield belongs to Hill going forward.


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