NEW ORLEANS — New Orelans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston was knocked out of Sunday’s key NFC South game by an illegal horse-collar tackle early in the second quarter. Winston, hurt as he scrambled out of the pocket, was helped off the field after collapsing to the turf.
Winston was carted to the locker room with a knee injury, and he was ruled out for the remainder of the game after initially being listed as questionable to return.
Bucs linebacker Devin White was penalized for the infraction.
Saints coach Sean Payton said after his team’s 36-27 win that he believed the injury was “significant.”
“He felt something and he’s on crutches right now,” Payton said in a news conference. “But I don’t want to say until I have a chance to talk to doctors. When he got up and then had to go back down, you were a little concerned.”
Payton added he cried when he saw Winston on crutches in the
With backup Taysom Hill already inactive with an injury, the setback left the Saints down to journeyman Trevor Siemian at quarterback.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) is carted off the field after being injured from a horse collar tackle in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.
Winston was 6-of-10 for 56 yards and one touchdown prior to his exit. Siemian completed 16 of 29 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown.
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