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Bucs QB Jameis Winston has injured shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said that he had his throwing shoulder examined by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.

Winston has had a relationship with the doctor since the sixth grade.

“I’ve known Dr. Andrews for a long time. Part of the protocol,” said Winston, who visited Dr. Andrews in Pensacola. “I mean, all the doctors are working together to come up with what they think. All I know is for the next two weeks, I’m going to be rehabbing and getting my shoulder 100 percent. That’s all I can say.”

Winston aggravated the sprained AC joint in his right shoulder against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday when he took a hit late in the second quarter.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter announced on Tuesday that the team plans to sit Winston for “at least two weeks” in an effort to allow his injured shoulder to heal.

The Bucs, who have lost five straight games, will start backup Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Jets on Sunday.

“It’s challenging but at the same time it gives me an opportunity to be there for my teammates in any way that I can, not just on the field,” Winston said. “Obviously, I want to be out there playing. I love this game, I’m very passionate about this game. But I look at it as a great opportunity to rest and become 100 percent. I’ve got a lot of trust in Ryan (Fitzpatrick). Very much so that it’s a blessing in disguise that he gets to face two opponents that he’s been facing his whole career. So I see it as a good thing, you know? I see it as a way to get back healthy, man. Get back to 100 percent.

“It’s a blessing in disguise again, because one thing about life, resilience is a beautiful thing about life. You get a chance to go through tough times and just keep your faith in God and continue to be who you are and continue to get better. I think that’s one of the things we all miss sometimes. Yeah, we’re going to go through some tough times and we’re going to face adversity, but the most beautiful thing is how you overcome that adversity and how you show how resilient you are.”

Winston also took time during his press conference to apologize for his role in the altercation with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore that led to Bucs’ receiver Mike Evans being handed a one-game suspension.

Winston, who was out of the game due to his shoulder injury, made contact with Lattimore near the sidelines which led to Evans taking a shot at Lattimore in the back.

“I just want to apologize on behalf of my teammates and Mike Evans for the incident that happened in the Saints game. That’s something I can’t do. In the heat of the moment, again, my competitive nature, obviously I can’t come onto the field and make any gesture towards an opponent, let alone touch him. So I can’t do that so I apologize for that.”

Winston said he’s not surprised that Koetter suggested both he and Evans should have been ejected from the game for their actions.

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