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2-3, 4th in NFC South
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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has always loved motivational quotes, but he's not using any to help him deal with his shoulder injury. He said, "No quote can fix anything right now. Treatment can."

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Ranking NFL playoff chances of struggling contenders

The Tampa Bay postseason bandwagon was getting crowded around Labor Day. Now, the Bucs are staring up at the rest of the division in great measure because of a porous pass defense.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Bills hold edge over Bucs

Tampa Bay has yet to win on the road this season and Buffalo has yet to lose at home. ESPN's FPI likes the chances of those trends continuing, giving the Bills about a 3-2 advantage at New Era Field.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs DB Josh Robinson is still in the concussion protocol. Robert Ayers was also limited today by a knee injury. Kwon Alexander was full-go again today.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said that they decided to hold Jameis Winston out for one more day. The plan is for him to get all the reps Friday to see where that shoulder is.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hooks up with DeSean Jackson on a curl route during practice. I told Jameis Winston what Fitzpatrick said after the game, how he was disappointed because he couldn't get the win for him. Winston's response? "I'm surprised to hear him say that he felt like he disappointed me. He didn't. He played his balls off."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

A huge indicator that the Bucs struggled with gap discipline last week, aside from the eye test? They surrendered 121 of their 160 rushing yards BEFORE contact. That breaks down to 3.46 yards per carry before contact every time the Cardinals ran the ball. With directional running outside the left tackle, 9.25 yards per rush before contact. That speaks to Vernon Hargreaves' struggles since his job is to contain on the outside.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

No throwing in drills today for Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. Here he is simulating throws with his lower body but not executing the throwing motion with his right arm. He was, however, tossing the ball short distances back and forth at the beginning of practice. The Bucs will make a decision collectively this week to determine if he can play against the Bills.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills linebacker Preston Brown said Wednesday on 1270 The Fan in Buffalo that the team believes QB Jameis Winston will start Sunday and the Bills are putting "90 percent" of their preparation efforts into Winston and not Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Detroit Lions have signed former Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith. Ironically, they also released former Bucs defensive end George Johnson and two others to make room for Smith and two other players.

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Woody, Edwards split on picking Bills-Bucs (0:55)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

"Every loss hurts just as much, whether you lose by one or by 40," said Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter. "Anyone who is in a competitive business and competes for a living, when you get your ass kicked, it's not a good feeling. It takes a while. It takes a while to get it out."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs contemplated signing a fourth quarterback since they currently only have one healthy one on the active roster. Ryan Griffin just became eligible to practice but not to play. Head coach Dirk Koetter would not say whether that's an indication that Jameis Winston would be healthy enough to enter this week's game. "Draw your own conclusions," Koetter said. Keep in mind, however, that his goal is to go into games with two available quarterbacks.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs' injury report for Wednesday...Kwon Alexander was a full participant. He's been cleared to play this week. Several other players were limited, including Jameis Winston.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

LeSean McCoy said Wednesday he believes the Bills' running game could break out Sunday against the Bucs' 12th-ranked run defense. "I think this is the game for us," McCoy said. "They're a talented group up front. They play well together. They got a McCoy [Gerald] on the other side, so of course he's probably good. They're a fast group. But teams have been running on them and I think it's time for us to get it going. Simple as that."

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Held to 3.2 yards per carry and no touchdowns this season, Bills RB LeSean McCoy believes he has can break out Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson catches a quick slant from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during practice. "There's a lot of different guys we can spread the ball around to," Fitzpatrick said. "It's a nice thing to have as a quarterback." Jackson was one of three different receiving targets who caught touchdowns Sunday against the Cardinals.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston helps his teammates Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Griffin during passing drills. He is doing some footwork elements, but no throwing, as expected.

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Fitzpatrick calls Winston 'heartbeat' of Bucs (0:51)

Team Stats

Passing Yards299.22nd
Rushing Yards82.830th
Points For23.613th
Points Against24.222nd

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