Jameis Winston Injury: Back Injury Shouldn't Bother QB for Long

New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston's back injury doesn't appear too serious.
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston's back injury doesn't appear too serious. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported about an hour before kickoff last Sunday that New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston suffered four fractured vertebrae in Week 1 but would continue to play.

Winston likely suffered transverse fractures, which are painful but not structurally damaging, according to the Pro Football Docs. The 28-year-old gunslinger will likely be limited but improved this week with an SIC score of 78 and will be clear of the back fractures by October.

Jameis Winston Injury Update

Winston appeared to suffer the fractures at the end of a pass attempt in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons when rookie linebacker Arnold Ebikete brought him to the turf and center Erik McCoy inadvertently pushed 294-pound Ta'Quon Graham into his body.

That Winston was able to engineer a comeback after the injury and play without significant limitations against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 is impressive, especially considering he is still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered last season.

The former No. 1 overall pick had 236 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions while taking 6 sacks in a loss to the Buccaneers.

For comparison's sake, former Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered transverse fractures in his vertebrae in December 2014 from a car crash. He missed one game but returned for Weeks 16-17 and the Panthers' two playoff games. 

Saints vs Panthers Week 3 Odds

Speaking of Carolina, that's who New Orleans is up against in Week 3. Despite Winston's injury, the 1-1 Saints are 3-point road favorites against the 0-2 Panthers on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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