Saints QB Jameis Winston says not enjoying ‘hurts my soul’

METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston mentioned he did not suppose he would completely lose his beginning job to Andy Dalton after getting injured early within the season.

However the job is Dalton’s for not less than one other week after Saints coach Dennis Allen introduced Wednesday that he would not be making a swap.

Dalton has been the beginning quarterback because the Saints’ sport in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings in London on Oct. 2. Allen hinted initially of this week that he was contemplating a quarterback change due to offensive struggles for the previous two video games, however he in the end determined in opposition to it.

Winston mentioned he was below the impression that he would ultimately return because the starter after a dialog with Allen in London. Allen mentioned on the time that he was resting Winston to permit his again and foot accidents to heal, however he determined Dalton could be the starter a number of weeks later, so long as the offense continued to carry out effectively.

“I lost my job due to injury and the policy has always been you don’t lose your job due to injury. And that’s what happened,” Winston mentioned.

Winston, who injured his again in Week 1 in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons, admitted that he most likely shouldn’t have performed the next week in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers however needed to be on the market. The Bucs not solely drafted him with the primary choose within the 2015 NFL draft, however Winston was additionally enjoying in opposition to them when he tore an ACL final season.

Winston mentioned that is not the case now, as he feels he is wholesome sufficient to play. Allen mentioned it was unlikely Winston could be 100% this season, however Winston mentioned he is been getting higher since he isn’t enjoying.

“I’m healing up. I haven’t been playing. This is the best healing I can get,” Winston mentioned.

Winston mentioned it has been a tough season for him, however he is attempting to deal with being a pacesetter from the sidelines.

“What’s going on right now is what I’ve got to deal with right now and focus on right now. I’ll handle what’s going on right now, and when that time comes for me to eventually come back on the field, which hopefully it will, I’m going to support Andy, I’m going to support this offense, I’m going to support everyone on this offensive staff the best I possibly can, and that’s it,” Winston mentioned. “Because, like I said, I wear that shirt that says, ‘Big team, little me,’ even though it hurts my heart. It hurts my soul the way things have turned out to be this year, but it is what it is.”

He added: “I owe it to this team to be in the role that I’m right now, to this offense, to everyone. I apologize to the fans. I know some of them want to see me out there. But I think winning makes a lot of things better, so we need to go out there and start with this week, get a win as a team. No one person makes a team win. We need to get a team win and I think we’ll all be better at the end of the day.”

Winston is one on an extended listing of gamers who doubtless is not going to be enjoying in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Saints veteran defensive finish Cameron Jordan, who has by no means missed a sport due to harm in his 12-year profession (he missed his first sport final 12 months in opposition to the New York Jets due to the COVID-19 protocol), will sit this sport with a watch harm.

Jordan mentioned that he performed most of final week’s sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers with considered one of his eyes nearly swollen shut.

“Maaaan unreal. Smh control what you can control,” he posted to his Twitter account on Thursday. Jordan didn’t apply all week after the sport.

The Saints additionally is not going to have defensive finish Marcus Davenport, security J.T. Grey, left deal with James Hurst, operating again Mark Ingram II, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and linebacker Pete Werner. Left guard Andrus Peat, who missed final week’s sport, is questionable.