Jameis Winston says shoulder is 'fine,' will throw at NFL combine

Friday February 20th, 2015

Jameis Winston told the media Friday that his shoulder is "fine" and confirmed he will throw Saturday at the 2015 NFL combine.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Friday that Winston has undergone medical testing to determine the cause of weakness in his throwing shoulder.

Winston's shoulder issue was discovered during routine medical testing at the NFL combine, Mortensen reports. He had an Electromyography exam, a test that studies electrical impulses in muscles and nerves, to determine the cause of the problem. 

Winston told the media that he had an MRI "like everyone else."

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the test was for a "throwing-related nerve issue that's likely minor." Winston's agent told Rapoport that the quarterback has a "minor condition" in his back shoulder and will not need treatment. 

"This is a surprise," Winston's private quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. said, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. "I know he's been working fine and playing fine. I'm sure they're just making observations, because from a physical standpoint, he's been doing everything."

Rapoport had reported earlier this week that Winston planned to throw for scouts at the combine this weekend. Marcus Mariota, Winston's primary competition to be selected with the top pick in April's draft, has already said he will throw.

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Winston and Mariota, widely considered the top two prospects in this year's draft class, are the winners of the last two Heisman Trophies. Winston won the award in 2013 when he threw for 4,057 yards with 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while leading Florida State to a national championship. Mariota won in 2014 and threw for 4,454 yards with 42 touchdowns and four interceptions. 

- Dan Gartland

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