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New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston suffered torn ACL vs. Buccaneers in Week 8, will miss remainder of season

Landover, Maryland, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) gestures after the game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints will be without quarterback Jameis Winston for the rest of the 2021 NFL season.

According to NFL's Network's Ian Rapoport, an MRI on Monday confirmed that the Saints quarterback suffered a torn ACL and some MCL damage in his left leg against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The injury occurred in the second quarter when Winston was dragged down from his nameplate by linebacker Devin White. The Saints quarterback stayed down for some time before leaving the field with the help of the athletic trainers.

Winston has played well since becoming the Saints' starter, throwing for 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions this season. His 74.2 overall PFF grade in 2021 is the highest of his seven-year career.

Veteran backup Trevor Siemian entered the game for Winston and helped guide the Saints to victory, completing 16-of-29 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown. It was Siemian’s first appearance in a regular-season game since 2019, when he played for the New York Jets.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS QBS (2021)
Jameis Winston Trevor Siemian Taysom Hill
Passing grade 66.3 39.4 40.2
Att. 161 29 4
Yards 1170 159 12
Big-time throws 11 1 0
Turnover-worthy plays 6 0 1
Yards per attempt 7.3 5.5 3.0

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Taysom Hill has also played quarterback for the Saints in a limited capacity under Sean Payton but has been inactive since Week 5 with a concussion.

The NFL trade deadline is on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. ET if the Saints intend on adding a quarterback via trade.

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