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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston apologizes for role in incident

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston gets ready to throw against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI

injured quarterback Jameis Winston apologized Wednesday for sparking an incident that led to wide receiver Mike Evans’ one-game suspension.

Winston also said that he had his throwing shoulder examined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Winston admitted he needs to exhibit better control of his emotions after he pushed Marshon Lattimore from behind, prompting the New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback to turn his attention toward him. Evans, presumably in a bid to defend the injured Winston, drilled Lattimore from behind in an action that set off fireworks between the NFC South rivals.

"I just want to apologize on behalf of my teammates and Mike Evans for the incident that happened in the Saints game. That’s something I can’t do in the heat of the moment," Winston said, via ESPN. "My competitive nature (took over). Obviously I can’t come off the field and make any gesture towards an opponent, let alone touch them. I can’t do that, so I apologize for that."

Winston said he’s not surprised that coach Dirk Koetter suggested both he and Evans should have been ejected and also admitted that he expects to be fined for the incident.

Winston initially sustained an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder in a 38-33 loss at the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 15. The top overall pick of the 2015 draft then aggravated the injury in Sunday’s 30-10 loss to the Saints.

Two days later, Winston visited Andrews’ office in Pensacola, Fla.,

"(The visit) was standard protocol. … All the doctors are working together to come up with what they think (is best). All I know is that for the next two weeks, I’m going to be rehabbing and getting my shoulder to 100 percent," Winston said.

Koetter announced Monday that Winston will be shut down "for a couple weeks" to rest his injured throwing shoulder.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start for the Buccaneers (2-6) on Sunday against his former team — the New York Jets (4-5). The 34-year-old veteran completed 8 of 15 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in relief of Winston on Sunday.

Winston has thrown for 1,920 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in 10 games this season. He has passed for 10,052 yards with 60 TDs and 39 picks in 40 career contests.

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