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Arians: Jameis Winston finishes game with ‘little-bitty fracture’

Jameis Winston plays through hand injury to put up career highs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throws the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Griffin started the second half of the Buccaneers game against the Colts due to Jameis Winston having trouble gripping the football. After a while testing and working on his hand on the sideline, he returned and led his team to a win.

After the game, coach Bruce Arians said, “They X-rayed his thumb. He’s got a little-bitty fracture. Nothing serious. He was able to get his strength back to come back in.” He did come back in and played well, so we probably can take Arians at his word, but a fracture on Winston’s throwing hand doesn’t sound like nothing. The test moving forward will be if Winston gets all his regular snaps in practice this week as they prepare for the Lions.

Winston ended up once again putting up huge numbers, including multiple turnovers. Throwing the ball as much as he does will lend itself to turnovers but Winston has had an inordinate amount this season. Against the Colts he threw for 456 yards, a career high, and five touchdowns, tying a career high. But he also threw three interceptions, including a pic-six, to give him 23 on the season.