The New Orleans Saints will be without Winston for the rest of the season
By Bob Garcia
The Saints QB was injured during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Just as the road was clearing for the New Orleans Saints, some shocking news came along that could cloud their days for the rest of the season. According to an announcement made by head coach Sean Payton, Saints quarterback Jameis Winston, who suffered a torn left knee, will miss the remainder of the season. This undoubtedly puts the team in a complicated situation; however, Payton will be looking to do everything possible to seal that bump in the road ahead of time.
Payton confirmed the severity of Winston’s injury yesterday after an MRI test showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and damage to the medial collateral ligament. The quarterback was injured early in the second quarter of New Orleans’ 36-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. On the play where the injury occurred, Winston was looking to break free when he was grabbed from behind by linebacker Devin White, who was subsequently penalized for the roughness of the tackle. Winston’s knee gave way as he fell, and he was unable to walk off the field. He was then replaced by Trevor Siemian.
Winston took over as New Orleans’ starting QB after Drew Brees retired following the 2020 season, and now his future will be uncertain since he only signed for one year with this franchise. It has already become clear that even if the Saints advance to the playoffs, his participation will be completely null. During the current campaign, he had been able to complete 95 of 161 attempts for a total of 1,170 yards and 14 touchdowns with three interceptions. This leaves the Saints heading into the postseason with a 5-2 record, but with question marks at the QB position.
“We’re satisfied with the quarterback room,” Payton said of a group that includes Taysom Hill, who has been out with a concussion but could be ready to return to action in Week 9 when they have to face the Atlanta Falcons.