"My thought process is to play," Winston said, adding: "I'm ready. When it's time to let me go, I'm ready."
Optimism aside, Winston noted that his status for Week 7 remains a "team decision" to be made by coaches and club trainers. Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter told reporters that Winston did not throw during Thursday's session, but he expects the signal-caller to take all the first-team reps during Friday's session.
Per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Winston did not look like a quarterback on the verge of returning to action Thursday.