Jameis Winston still plans to throw on Saturday at the Combine, he confirmed at his Friday afternoon press conference. He did say that he had an MRI on Thursday, “just like everyone else,” and waved off concerns about his throwing shoulder reported earlier on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, it was reported that Winston was undergoing additional testing after experiencing “weakness” in his throwing shoulder. His personal quarterback coach, George Whitfield, Jr., waved off injury concerns, telling the media that it was a precautionary measure.
Winston’s agent, Greg Genske, echoed Whitfield on Friday afternoon, “Jameis feels incredibly strong and there is no need for treatment of any kind.”
A later report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that doctors checked out Winston on Thursday and gave him a clean bill of health.
Shoulder weakness is a more common occurrence among baseball players, pitchers in particular. Winston also pitched and played outfield on the FSU baseball team.
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Expected to be one of the first players picked in the NFL Draft this year, if not the first, Winston announced earlier this week that he planned to throw at the Combine.
Winston opened his session with a brief statement directed at the off-field concerns that have surrounded him throughout his career in Tallahassee.
“I know made mistakes. I know I have a past. But right now, it’s about me moving forward.”
He came back to the subject again … and again … and again during his brief time on the podium.
“Football is my passion. I’ve been doing this since I was young.” He also mentioned his 7-year old brother and others he wants to inspire by playing football.