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Jameis Winston passing, AP photo

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in action during the 2017 season.


GREEN BAY — After missing the past three weeks due to a shoulder injury, Jameis Winston is set to make his return.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter announced Wednesday that Winston will be the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

“Jameis is going to start on Sunday,” Koetter said via the team’s Twitter account. “He took the majority of the reps out there (at practice), he threw the football fine.”

After watching Winston practice on Wednesday, Koetter admitted his quarterback, who hasn’t practiced since Week 9, looked a little rusty.

“I don’t think any guy that plays a skill position like that, where timing is involved, is going to take three weeks off and be perfect on the first day,” Koetter said.

During Winston’s absence, Ryan Fitzpatrick went 2-1 as the Buccaneers starting quarterback with wins over the Jets and Dolphins. Apparently, there was a small faction of fans who wanted to see Fitzpatrick continue as the starter, but that’s not going to happen. Those fans don’t necessarily believe Fitzpatrick is a better option, they just didn’t want to see Winston re-injure his shoulder playing for a team that’s almost hopelessly out of the playoff race at 4-7.

“It’s a league where if you’re healthy, you play,” Koetter said.


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