METAIRIE, La. ( Associated Press) — Saints quarterback Jameis Winston skipped practice Monday after what coach Dennis Allen described as a leg injury.
“He bent his leg a little bit,” Allen said after practice.
Winston did not receive treatment on the field and continued to practice for a period after he first felt discomfort before deciding to walk into the training room.
Allen said that Winston was running out during seven-to-seven practice when the quarterback “felt like it changed a bit, so he wanted to go in and evaluate it.”
Winston is the presumed starter of New Orleans despite tearing a ligament in his left knee in a game against Tampa Bay last October.
He spent the second half of last season rehabilitated from reconstructive surgery for the majority of this past season and signed a two-year extension worth up to $28 million in March. Winston was limited in on-field work during the off-season, but has participated more fully in full-team practice since training camp practice began on 27 July. His highlights included long, precise touchdown passes to Deontay Harty and rookie Chris Olev when a speeding receiver got behind the secondary.
Winston, a 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and top 2015 overall draft choice by Tampa Bay, arrived in New Orleans as a free agent in 2020 with a business reputation.
In 2019, Winston passed for over 5,000 yards and a league-high 33 touchdowns, but also led the NFL with 30 interceptions.
He said he initially opted to sign with New Orleans to study under then-coach Sean Peyton and star QB Drew Brees, and Winston won the starting job in 2021, the first season since Breeze’s retirement.
The Saints went 5-2 in Winston-initiated games, and the quarterback progressed to his TD-to-interception differential, throwing only three picks to pass for 14 points. But the Saints didn’t rely heavily on the passing game last season, ranking the last in the NFL in passing yards per game. Winston averaged 167 yards, but his seventh start was cut short by his season-ending injury at the start of the second quarter.
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