Report: Jameis Winston playing vs. Bucs despite multiple fractures in his back

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is playing through multiple fractures in his back, per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports

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Last year, New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston suffered a season-ending knee injury against his old team.

This year, it looks like he’s playing through another serious injury as the Saints prepare to hose the Tampa Bay Buccaneers once again.

Winston has four fractures in his back, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

While Winston’s toughness might be admirable, this definitely sounds like an injury that should have kept Winston off the field, instead of trying to gut it out.

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Report: Saints RB Alvin Kamara (ribs) won’t play vs. Bucs

The New Orleans Saints will be without their top running back for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New Orleans Saints will be without their top running back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.

Alvin Kamara (ribs) won’t play in Sunday’s game against the Bucs, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Bucs will be without some key members of their offense, as well. Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Godwin and left tackle Donovan Smith are out, while future Hall of Fame wide receiver Julio Jones will be a game-time decision.

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Bucs fans react to Baker Mayfield being traded to the Panthers

Baker Mayfield is headed to the NFC South, so let’s see how Bucs fans feel about it

Baker Mayfield is the latest addition to the NFC South’s quarterback club, heading to the Carolina Panthers in a trade that will send a conditional pick in the 2024 NFL draft back to the Cleveland Browns.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Mayfield will now battle it out with Sam Darnold (the No. 3 overall pick from that same draft) for the starting job in Carolina, ahead of third-round rookie Matt Corral.

Bucs fans have faced a combination of Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, and even the second coming of Cam Newton when facing the Panthers in recent contests. How will they feel now that Mayfield might be under center when they face-off against their division rivals?

We asked, and they answered:

Former Bucs DL Gerald McCoy paid $250k to wear No. 93 jersey with Panthers

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy paid a high price to keep wearing his beloved jersey number in Carolina

It’s not unusual for a player to swing a deal when there’s a specific jersey number he wants to wear, but it’s already claimed by another player.

It is unusual for the player to shell out six figures for it, though.

That’s what former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy did back in 2019, after he left the Bucs for an NFC South rival, the Carolina Panthers.

Appearing on “NFL Total Access” on NFL Network, McCoy said Wednesday morning that he paid $250,000 for the right to keep wearing his No. 93 jersey in Carolina.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, McCoy spent his first nine NFL seasons in Tampa Bay, and played all 16 games for the Panthers in 2020. After playing that year on a one-year deal in Carolina, McCoy has missed most of the last two seasons due to injury while playing for the Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders.

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NFC South Week 12 roundup: Bucs make the Falcons walk the plank to the bottom

Week 12 in the NFC South saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons, while the Carolina Panthers were on the road for a meeting with the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7) Over the last two weeks, the Falcons did …

Week 12 in the NFC South saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons, while the Carolina Panthers were on the road for a meeting with the New Orleans Saints.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)

Over the last two weeks, the Falcons did not look like a team that reflected their record, as they had been clicking on both sides of the ball. One of the priorities for the Bucs was to protect quarterback Jameis Winston, and the offensive line succeeded. Allowing no sacks on the day gave Winston enough time to round out 313 yards through the air for three touchdowns, including one to defensive lineman Vita Vea. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bucs sacked Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan six times. While Winston had two interceptions of his own, the Bucs defense had an interception and forced two fumbles, including one for a touchdown,. The Buccaneers will be on the road next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in hopes of starting a win streak.

New Orleans Saints (9-2)

Divisional games are always difficult no matter what the other team’s record is. When the Panthers came to New Orleans they were a .500 team that has looked every bit of a team that has won half of their games, and lost the other half. It was a last second field goal from Will Lutz, as the Saints went marching down the field, that secured their win 34-31. Wide receiver Michael Thomas joined Marvin Harrison as the only players with 100-plus receptions in their teams first 11 games of the season in the Super Bowl era. The Saints will travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons on Sunday Night Football next week, and look to increase the cushion on their division lead.

Carolina Panthers (5-6)

The Panthers looked good on offense throughout the game. Their defense just couldn’t stop the Saints. Quarterback Kyle Allen was 23-for-36 for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Christian McCaffrey had 133 yards from scrimmage and added two touchdowns to his season total (one rushing, one receiving.) D.J. Moore hauled in six catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers will travel back home next week for the visiting Washington Redskins, in what could be a trap game.

Atlanta Falcons (3-8)

The Falcons were surging heading into their game with the Bucs, but they struggled to really get anything going. Winston threw his 19th interception of the season early in the game, and the Falcons looked to be starting this game on the same pace that they’d played the past two weeks. That never happened. The Bucs never let off the gas and while Ryan was able to pass for 271 yards, their only passing touchdown came from Matt Schaub late in the fourth quarter. The Falcons will stay home next week for a Sunday Night Football showdown against the Saints.

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