NFL Network’s Stacey Dales tweeted on Wednesday that New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston was not available during the open portion of their practice for their Week 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
However, the concern persisted until Thursday, when the former first overall draft pick was also out of action.
Initially, Saints head coach Dennis Allen showed no concerns about Winston’s availability this week.
But ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter has an update on the Saints’ starting play-caller.
Saints also believe it’s doubtful that Jameis Winston, who didn’t practice today for a third straight day, will play Sunday, which makes it likely that QB Andy Dalton will start vs. the Vikings. https://t.co/LWwHdUmVMM
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2022
Schefter tweeted, “Saints also believe it’s doubtful that Jameis Winston, who didn’t practice today for a third straight day, will play Sunday, which makes it likely that QB Andy Dalton will start vs. the Vikings.”
He also added that wide receiver Michael Thomas will also not participate in their game versus the Vikings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
Winston missed practice yet again due to back and ankle injuries.
His absence gave Dalton a chance to practice with the starters while Taysom Hill took some snaps with the reserves.
There’s no word yet if Winston’s injuries will force him to miss multiple games.
However, taking a breather could help him re-focus after throwing five interceptions in their last two games.
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Winston and Thomas are just two of the long list of players who are doubtful or questionable for their upcoming overseas game.
Meanwhile, Tre’Quan Smith is in concussion protocol.