New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is reportedly going to play through four back fractures.

You have to admire him for his toughness, but playing through those fractures may not be a good idea.

There’s no way Winston will be at his best against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in London.

In fact, I don’t think Winston will even be at 50 percent against the Vikings (if he does play — he wasn’t spotted at practice according to NFL Network).

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Sep 25, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) looks to pass as Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns (53) pressures in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Winston can’t even get in and out of his car right now without feeling pain.

From ESPN:

Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is determined to play through the four fractures in his back, despite the discomfort. From what I’m told, completing basic tasks such as getting in and out of a car has been painful for Winston. Sitting a week was at least discussed. After all, other quarterbacks who have experienced similar injuries — from Derek Carr to Cam Newton and Tony Romo — missed game time. But Winston wanted to push through it to be there for his team. He wears protective padding, but his play has suffered since the injury, with a passer rating from 111 in Week 1 to 55.8 and 76.6 in Weeks 2 and 3. Winston’s hope is to continue to heal up this week in London and help the Saints’ offense start faster. New Orleans has three total points in the first three quarters of the past two games.

If Winston can barely get in his car, I don’t see how he’s going to run an NFL offense.

And even if he is able to fight through the pain, is a 50 percent Jameis the Saints’ best chance to win?

Probably not. But it truly depends on how effective Winson can be. For now, it doesn’t sound encouraging.

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