The New Orleans Saints are hoping Jameis Winston can not only put the finishing touches on his ACL recovery, but that he can also get back to the level of play that helped the Saints start 6-2.
Winston may have suffered a slight setback during Monday’s practice. Per reports, he left practice early. Head coach Dennis Allen said Winston “tweaked his foot” later during his post-practice press conference and then later said the injury was ankle-related.
“He just rolled out in a 7-on-7 period and rolled his ankle a little bit,” Allen told NFL Network‘s Jane Slater and LaDanian Tomlinson. “We brought him in for some evaluations and we’ll see where he’s at.”
There’s really no point in speculating how severe the injury is. For starters, the Saints will know soon, which means the public will subsequently know soon after. And, it makes complete sense to sit your starting quarterback if they get hurt during practice. Especially if said quarterback is coming back from a serious injury (yes, even if the two aren’t related).
The Saints also have veteran quarterback Andy Dalton as Winston’s backup. Dalton finished out the practice with the 1s on offense. Dalton has plenty of NFL experience and him getting reps with the 1s is easily a silver lining for the Saints.
The one thing that is certain is that as long as it’s nothing serious, Winston will be back on the field, soon. He’s one of the most competitive and toughest quarterbacks in the league, which is something he’s shown over the course of the past 9-10 months.
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