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Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. Quarterback Jameis Winston will start Sunday for the Bucs

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    TAMPA — Jameis Winston hadn't thrown in practice since he injured his right shoulder in Sunday's loss at Arizona, and with that uncertainty, a wide line of TV cameras and reporters' cellphones were all out Friday morning, recording the moment as Winston tested his shoulder with his first throws early in practice.

    If there were any doubt about Winston's ability to throw, he looked toward the end zone then casually sailed a throw another 25 yards farther and into the media area, with coach Dirk Koetter laughing in the background....

    Despite a sore shoulder, Jameis Winston will be making his 38th consecutive start since being drafted first overall in 2015.
  2. Bucs journal: LB Kwon Alexander ready to return from injury

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    TAMPA — LB Kwon Alexander, sidelined by a hamstring injury since the second quarter of the Bucs' season opener against Chicago, will finally make a healthy return Sunday against the Bills.

    "It's a blessing to be back," Alexander said after Friday's practice, when he was cleared to return after three practices at full participation. "I'm ready to get out there and have fun. I've been off about five weeks, so I've got a lot of energy built up and I'm ready to get out there."...

    Linebacker Kwon Alexander needs “to get my stats back up” after being out since the opener.
  3. Cannon Fodder podcast: Most important stat in Bucs-Bills game

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    Greg Auman talks about the uncertainty at quarterback for the Bucs as they go to Buffalo in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Plus, more on the Bills' lack of playmakers at receiver, how they beat Atlanta and how interceptions are the single most important stat in Sunday's game. Listen below:...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) intercepts a pass from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) during the second half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
  4. Bucs-Bills: Things to watch in Sunday's 1 p.m. game

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    The Bucs continue their stretch of six road games in eight weeks with a 1 p.m. game at Buffalo on Sunday, trying to get back to .500 at 3-3.

    The biggest question has been answered. Jameis Winston will start after being sidelined last week with a shoulder injury. But here are five other things to watch for as the Bucs face the Bills:...

    FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs past Atlanta Falcons' De'Vondre Campbell (59) and Deion Jones (45) during the second half of an NFL football game, in Atlanta. The Bills play against the Buccaneers in Buffalo on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) NY182
  5. Koetter: QB Jameis Winston will start Sunday vs. Bills

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    After five days of uncertainty, Jameis Winston will be starting at quarterback on Sunday as the Bucs play at Buffalo, coach Dirk Koetter announced Friday afternoon.

    Winston had not thrown at practice all week, but resumed throwing Friday morning, and Koetter was pleased with what he saw.

    "Jameis threw the ball well today," Koetter said. "He'll be our starter. Jameis is our starter. He'll be out there."...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) watches a replay while sitting out with an injury during the second half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
  6. Hobart president among fans going to see Ali Marpet vs. Bills

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    Bucs center Ali Marpet went to college at Hobart, just over 100 miles east of Buffalo, and the college's president will be among a large group of fans proudly driving over to see Marpet play as the Bucs face the Bills on Sunday.

    "I'll have a Hobart crew up at the game," Marpet said this week as the Bucs prepare for Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff. "Some old teammates and coaches are going to the game. The president is getting a box, so I'll see a bunch of people after the game."...

    Bucs center Ali Marpet, right, congratulates kicker Nick Folk after the winning field goal in a win against the Giants. Marpet will play Sunday in Buffalo, about 108 miles from where he played in college at Hobart.
  7. Koetter: QB Jameis Winston will start Sunday vs. Bills

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    After five days of uncertainty, Jameis Winston will be starting at quarterback on Sunday as the Bucs play at Buffalo, coach Dirk Koetter announced Friday afternoon.

    Winston had not thrown at practice all week, but resumed throwing Friday morning, and Koetter was pleased with what he saw.

    "Jameis threw the ball well today," Koetter said. "He'll be our starter. Jameis is our starter. He'll be out there."...

    Bucs QB Jameis Winston, shown against the Patriots two weeks ago, will start Sunday at Buffalo after being sidelined with a shoulder injury last week. Dirk Koetter announced that he was starting after watching him throw at practice Friday.
  8. Bucs QB Jameis Winston back throwing in practice Friday

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    The will-he-won't-he Winston Watch is trending positive Friday morning, as Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for the first time since injuring his throwing shoulder in Sunday's loss at Arizona.

    Whether that translates to him starting Sunday against the Bills in Buffalo remains to be seen, but after not throwing in two days of full practice, Winston was throwing as usual in the Bucs' final practice of the week....

    Bucs QB Jameis Winston, right, congratulates Cardinals QB Carson Palmer after Sunday's Bucs loss in Arizona. Winston left the game with a shoulder injury.
  9. Cannon Fodder podcast: Most important stat in Bucs-Bills game

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    Greg Auman talks about the uncertainty at quarterback for the Bucs as they go to Buffalo in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Plus, more on the Bills' lack of playmakers at receiver, how they beat Atlanta and how interceptions are the single most important stat in Sunday's game. Listen below:...

    Interceptions, such as this one by Brent Grimes against Arizona, will be the most important stat in Sunday's game.
  10. Bucs journal: Jameis Winston to test hurt shoulder in practice today

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    TAMPA — Bucs QB Jameis Winston still wasn't throwing at practice Thursday, but he'll test his injured shoulder today as Tampa Bay keeps its options open for Sunday's game at Buffalo.

    "I would fully expect that Jameis takes all the snaps (Friday)," coach Dirk Koetter said after practice.

    Winston left Sunday's loss at Arizona in the second quarter after spraining the AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder. An MRI exam showed no additional damage....

    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 15:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sits on the bench during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) 700070683
  11. Check out what this former Buc has cooking in Buffalo

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    Leonard Johnson is thrilled to extend his NFL career in Buffalo this season, but whenever his playing days are over, the former Bucs cornerback is ready for life after football.

    He's actually pretty excited.

    "It's kind of funny. You don't know whether he likes football or food more," said Mike Andrzejewski, the chef and owner of Sea Bar, a sushi restaurant in Buffalo.

    Johnson, a Largo High graduate, has loved to cook since he was young. He's cultivated that with culinary classes and an appetite to learn all sides of cooking. Any time he enjoys a dinner out, he'll ask to speak to the chef, picking their brain....

    Carolina Panthers' Russell Shepard (19) misses a catch in the end zone as Buffalo Bills' Jordan Poyer (21) and Leonard Johnson (24) defend in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
  12. Koetter: Jameis Winston will test shoulder in practice Friday

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    Will he? Won't he? It appears the Bucs' uncertainty over whether quarterback Jameis Winston can play through a shoulder injury Sunday at Buffalo will carry up until the final hours before kickoff.

    Winston left Sunday's loss at Arizona in the second quarter after spraining the AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder, but an MRI showed no additional damage. Coach Dirk Koetter has said Winston has no potential for further damage by playing, so it's a matter of pain tolerance and whether the shoulder limits his ability to throw. Veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 290 yards off the bench at Arizona, is ready to step in if needed....

    Jameis Winston didn't throw at practice Wednesday.
  13. Bucs snapper Garrison Sanborn looking forward to return to Bills

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    Throughout his eight seasons with the Bills, whenever former players would come to Buffalo for a game, Garrison Sanborn remembers the place to take them for a reunion dinner was a popular Italian restaurant called Mulberry.

    This weekend, he'll be on the other side of the table....

    Garrison Sanborn enjoyed just one winning season in eight years in Buffalo. [AP photo]
  14. Bucs snapper Sanborn looking forward to return to Bills

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    Throughout his eight seasons with the Bills, whenever former players would come to Buffalo for a game, Garrison Sanborn remembers the place to take them for a reunion dinner was a popular Italian restaurant called Mulberry.

    This weekend, he'll be on the other side of the table.

    Sanborn, who has taken over as the Bucs' long snapper this season, returns to Buffalo this weekend, and while it will feel odd to be on the other sideline at New Era Field, he's looking forward to his return and hopeful for a win against many old friends....

    Bucs long snapper Garrison Sanborn returns this weekend to Buffalo, where he played for eight seasons.
  15. Bucs' Mike Evans, Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines could face off again

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    Bucs receiver Mike Evans has gone up against four Pro Bowl cornerbacks in five games, and on Sunday he could be lining up against a corner he has a history with in Buffalo's E.J. Gaines.

    Gaines was limited in practice Wednesday as he recovers from a groin injury that sidelined him from the Bills' last game. Buffalo's secondary as a whole has been outstanding, allowing an NFL-low two touchdown passes in six games and intercepting eight passes, the fourth-highest total out of 32 teams....

    Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a touchdown catch over Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28)  Sunday  in Glendale, Ariz. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]