NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After aggravating a lingering shoulder harm, Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston by no means left the sideline within the second half in opposition to the New Orleans Saints.

The approach the Buccaneers struggled with and with out him, it may not matter when he returns.

In determined want of a victory, the Bucs as an alternative dropped their fifth in a row in ugly vogue — a 30-10 loss to the surging Saints on Sunday that severely dampened Tampa Bay’s hopes of constructing the playoffs for the primary time in a decade.

With Winston laboring, Tampa Bay has scored 13 factors mixed throughout back-to-back defeats to NFC South foes Carolina and New Orleans.

“I have to do my job better,” mentioned Winston, who went 7 of 13 for 67 yards and was sacked twice. “The quarterback has to get the ball in the end zone, and I’m not doing that.”

The Bucs did nearly nothing proper in opposition to the Saints.

Bryan Anger’s first punt was blocked and returned for a landing. The offense produced 88 yards within the first half, a complete the Saints surpbaded with a 93-yard drive proper after the Bucs pulled inside 9-Three on a 50-yard discipline aim.

Running again Alvin Kamara capped it off, breaking three tackles on a 33-yard landing off a display go.

“I’m totally embarrbaded,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter mentioned. “I would hope they (the players) are.”

With Ryan Fitzpatrick relieving Winston, the second half was even worse. The Saints scored two third-quarter touchdowns round a fumble by Tampa Bay tight finish O.J. Howard, placing the sport away. The Bucs then misplaced defensive finish William Gholston to a neck harm that induced practically a 10-minute delay earlier than he was taken off on a stretcher.

Koetter mentioned Gholston, who moved his legs and arms whereas the Bucs medical workers handled him on the sphere, was getting neurological exams at a hospital.

Winston’s standing is up within the air, too. He sprained the AC joint in his proper shoulder on Oct. 15 at Arizona, and he landed laborious on the shoulder when he was sacked within the ultimate minute of the primary half in opposition to the Saints.

“It’s the same thing that’s been happening every week,” Winston mentioned. “I don’t know whose call it was, but they pulled me.”

Fitzpatrick went Eight of 15 for 68 yards, lastly getting the Bucs into the tip zone on an Eight-yard scoring toss to tight finish Luke Stocker halfway by means of the fourth quarter after they trailed 30-Three.

Tampa Bay’s longest completion was 15 yards regardless of having three-time Pro Bowl choice DeSean Jackson and 2016 second-team All-Pro decide Mike Evans at huge receiver. The duo mixed for 3 catches for 38 yards.

“We’re too talented to be 2-6,” Evans mentioned. “We better come together and fix it. We have to try.”

Evans was unsure he could be out there for subsequent Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the New York Jets. In the third quarter, he raced over and slammed Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore to the bottom from behind after seeing Lattimore shove Winston on the sideline.

Winston, who had pointed a finger in opposition to Lattimore’s helmet, mentioned he advised Lattimore to go to his sideline. Evans, who didn’t see that half, was penalized for a private foul and might be topic to a nice or suspension.

“I just let my emotions get the best of me,” he mentioned. “I saw (Lattimore) pick a fight with my quarterback. I shouldn’t have hit him in his back like that. That was kind of malicious.”

With frustration mounting, Winston spoke candidly within the locker room after getting an X-ray on his shoulder.

“We should want to be motivated because we don’t want to finish the season with two” wins, he mentioned. “I hate losing. Do you hate losing? Do all of you hate losing? We hate losing, too. So we are going to fix things. We have to start playing better.”

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