Saints’ Jameis Winston leaves game after knee buckles on tackle

New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston was forced to leave a match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday after sustaining an apparent knee injury in the first quarter.

Winston, who was scrambling, was tackled by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White ,. He grabbed Winston by his collar. The left knee of Winston appeared to be bent in an odd way.

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) is brought down with a horse-collar tackle by Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) in the first half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) is brought down with a horse-collar tackle by Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White (45) in the first half in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

He was helped off the field and later taken into the locker room on a cart. He was 6-for-10 passing for 56 yards and 40 rushing yards before the injury.

Trevor Siemian took over Winston’s place due to Taysom Hill still being injured.

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Winston was looking forward to playing against his former team.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) is carted off the field after being injured in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) is carted off the field after being injured in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.
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“I’m trying to go out there and beat everybody that we play no matter who it is,” he said before Sunday’s game, via WWL Radio. It’s what I think is the most valuable thing that I have learned from this league. The goal is to win games. It’s about winning games. I will do whatever it takes to achieve that. “

I’ve been an emotionally driven football player all my life. Winston said that he believes that being present is more important than being trapped in his emotions. As a quarterback we must be aware and present in all situations. Too much emotion can sometimes lead to us going in directions we do not want. I am grateful and optimistic. “

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is tended to after being injured in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is tended to after being injured in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Winston has thrown for 1,114 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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