Saints lose Jameis Winston for 2021 season with torn ACL

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

A big win for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday was followed up with bad news for the long-term regarding quarterback Jameis Winston.

The worst fears of the New Orleans Saints were realized on Monday with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweeting quarterback Jameis Winston will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

Rapoport confirms what many feared after watching the Saints’ starting quarterback land awkwardly on his knee during the division win against the Buccaneers. Winston was horse-collar tackled by linebacker Devin White. It appeared that his cleat got caught in the turf causing his knee to collapse, a typical mechanism for an ACL and MCL injury.

Before being injured Winston was off to a strong start against the banged-up Tampa Bay secondary going 6-of-10 for 56 yards through the air and adding 40 yards on the ground.

Jameis Winston is out for the remainder of the season with torn ACL.

Winston was his usual happy-go-lucky self in the locker room after the team’s big win. He was shown dancing with his crutches during the party that followed. Trevor Siemian filled in admirably and led the team to the win over the division-rival Buccaneers.

Before Saints fans get their hopes up, Drew Brees quickly shot down rumors that he would return to lead his former franchise. With Winston’s status now official all eyes turn to Taysom Hill.

Hill was inactive for Sunday’s win but is expected to clear the concussion protocol that has kept him out since week October 10. If active it would seem likely that Hill gets the start at quarterback, not Siemianm against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9.