Buccaneers say QB Winston's sprained ankle not a concern

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston has a sprained ankle that the rookie quarterback and Tampa Bay Buccaneers say is not a major concern.

Winston twisted his right ankle during the Bucs' second preseason game on August 24. The injury has not kept the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft off the field.

In addition to playing into the third quarter of last weekend's 31-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns, Winston continues to practice.

Coach Lovie Smith has been noncommittal about how much, if any, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and the rest of Tampa Bay's regulars might play in Thursday's night preseason finale at Miami.

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said the ankle sprain has affected Winston ''a little bit,'' but that the young quarterback should be ready for the regular season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 13.


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