Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston’s finger injury was worse than first reported

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers after all. Per multiple reports, the Buccaneers confirmed that Winston has a bruised pinky on his throwing hand and will miss some…

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston's finger injury was worse than first reported

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers after all.

Per multiple reports, the Buccaneers confirmed that Winston has a bruised pinky on his throwing hand and will miss some throwing time. However, he’ll participate in the full series of the team’s practice.

ESPN and NFL Network say a member of the team’s medical staff said Winston’s finger is “clean” and there’s no ligament damage. The team’s starting right tackle, Demar Dotson, said Winston’s finger is a “little swollen.”

Winston was injured on Monday when he spiked the ball when attempting to throw a pass during practice. He missed the rest of the practice and then Tuesday’s minicamp.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter says there’s nothing more to the injury than a bruised pinky.

The injury to Winston will force his backup, Ryan Fitzpatrick, to take over more snaps.

Fitzpatrick is 2-1 as the Bucs’ starter since Winston was suspended four games in September for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The Bucs open the season at home against the 49ers on September 9.

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