Saints QB Jameis Winston says not playing ‘hurts my soul’

METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston stated he did not assume he would completely lose his beginning job to Andy Dalton after getting injured early within the season.

But the job is Dalton’s for at the very least one other week after Saints coach Dennis Allen introduced Wednesday that he would not be making a change.

Dalton has been the beginning quarterback because the Saints’ sport towards the Minnesota Vikings in London on Oct. 2. Allen hinted originally of this week that he was contemplating a quarterback change due to offensive struggles for the previous two video games, however he in the end determined towards it.

Winston stated he was below the impression that he would finally return because the starter after a dialog with Allen in London. Allen stated on the time that he was resting Winston to permit his again and foot accidents to heal, however he determined Dalton can be the starter just a few weeks later, so long as the offense continued to carry out properly.

“I misplaced my job as a result of damage and the coverage has at all times been you do not lose your job as a result of damage. And that is what occurred,” Winston stated.

Winston, who injured his again in Week 1 towards the Atlanta Falcons, admitted that he most likely should not have performed the next week towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers however wished to be on the market. The Bucs not solely drafted him with the primary decide within the 2015 NFL draft, however Winston was additionally playing towards them when he tore an ACL final season.

Winston stated that is not the case now, as he feels he is wholesome sufficient to play. Allen stated it was unlikely Winston can be 100% this season, however Winston stated he is been getting higher since he is not playing.

“I’m therapeutic up. I have never been playing. This is the perfect therapeutic I can get,” Winston stated.

Winston stated it has been a troublesome season for him, however he is making an attempt to give attention to being a frontrunner from the sidelines.

“What’s happening proper now’s what I’ve bought to cope with proper now and give attention to proper now. I’ll deal with what is going on on proper now, and when that point comes for me to finally come again on the sector, which hopefully it’s going to, I’m going to assist Andy, I’m going to assist this offense, I’m going to assist everybody on this offensive workers the perfect I probably can, and that is it,” Winston stated. “Because, like I stated, I put on that shirt that says, ‘Big staff, little me,’ though it hurts my coronary heart. It hurts my soul the best way issues have turned out to be this yr, however it’s what it’s .”

He added: “I owe it to this staff to be within the position that I’m proper now, to this offense, to everybody. I apologize to the followers. I do know a few of them wish to see me on the market. But I feel successful makes loads of issues higher, so we have to go on the market and begin with this week, get a win as a staff. No one particular person makes a staff win. We must get a staff win and I feel we’ll all be higher on the finish of the day.”

Winston is one on an extended checklist of gamers who possible will not be playing towards the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Saints veteran defensive finish Cameron Jordan, who has by no means missed a sport due to damage in his 12-year profession (he missed his first sport final yr towards the New York Jets due to the COVID-19 protocol), will sit this sport with a watch damage

Jordan stated that he performed most of final week’s sport towards the Pittsburgh Steelers with one in every of his eyes nearly swollen shut.

“Maaaan unreal. Smh management what you possibly can management,” he posted to his Twitter account on Thursday. Jordan did not follow all week after the sport.

The Saints additionally will not have defensive finish Marcus Davenport, security JT Gray, left deal with James Hurst, operating again Mark Ingram II, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and linebacker Pete Werner. Left guard Andrus Peat, who missed final week’s sport, is questionable.

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