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New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston held out of practice for a second day in London due to back injury

Despite being held out of practice for a second day in London for the NFL’s first international game of the season, New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is still expected to play on Sunday. Winston has been playing through four fractures in his back since the start of the season, and has also been dealing with an ankle injury. The injuries have affected Winston’s performance, however, and he has been sacked 11 times in three game, throwing for 858 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. New Orleans record stands at 1-2.

As of press time, it was expected that Winston would play Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings; however if he can’t play, coach Dennis Allen will turn to either backup Andy Dalton, or tight end/quarterback Taysom Hill, both of whom took reps at the training facility of rugby club London Irish.

Two other starters on the Saints’ offense – wide receiver Michael Thomas and tackle Ryan Ramczyk – also were not at the team’s practice in London. Thomas left Sunday’s game with a toe injury, while Ramczyk was listed as questionable with an elbow injury.

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