The Buccaneers quarterback said that he's been dealing with a sprained ankle, but noted it isn't bothering him.
"Pain is temporary," Winston told reporters Monday. "I really don't focus on that at all. I played last year at Florida State with a sprained ankle, so that's the least of my worries. My job is to go out there and play quarterback and fight for the team."
Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter confirmed that Winston is feeling the effects of an ankle sprain, but Tampa Bay fans shouldn't be worried.
"It's affecting him a little bit," Koetter added, "but he'll be ready to go. ... It's not anything he can't play on. Even in practice, Jameis, you can't keep him out."
Winston initally rolled his ankle in Tampa Bay's second preseason game against the Bengals, but still played meaningful minutes against the Browns on Saturday. Winston might not be 100 percent healthy by his rookie debut against the Titans in Week 1, but all indications are his sprained ankle won't hamper him too much.
Here are some other injury updates from Monday:
- Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas will seek a second opinion on his injured finger Tuesday, general manager David Caldwell said. If the tight end needs surgery, he will be out at least four weeks from the date of the surgery. Thomas has sat out most of the preseason with a left hand fracture that he suffered in the Jaguars' win over the Steelers.
- Leonard Williams left the Jets' win over the Giants with a muscle strain, but the rookie defensive end doesn't expect to be out long. Williams told NJ.com on Monday, "I'll definitely be ready by Week 1. They said it should be about five to seven days of recovery." That's good news for Gang Green, who will already be starting the season without their suspended defensive tackle, Sheldon Richardson, and need all the bodies they can get.