Quarterback Jameis Winston relishes being back among his New Orleans Saints teammates

You can’t possibly miss the brace on Jameis Winston’s left knee, the device the New Orleans Saints quarterback is wearing and will continue to wear throughout the year as he progresses back from tearing his ACL in the seventh game of the 2021 season.

“I am going to be wearing the brace during the season, I think everyone does that after an ACL, especially at the quarterback position,” Winston said Thursday, after the Saints completed their third OTA. “There’s nothing limiting, there’s nothing that really bothers you from that perspective. So, I’m commanding the brace now.”

Also unmistakable is Winston’s joy at being back in the middle of it all, as a teammate and player.

“Excited,” he said. “And grateful. Every time I get an opportunity to step on the field and work with my teammates, I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity, and I’m grateful that I get a chance to do that.”

“He’s determined,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “He’s committed to it. I think it’s a good sign to see for your football team, to see your quarterback out there whether he be working through an injury or not. But to see him out there, I think that says a lot about him and the kind of person and leader that he is.”

Winston said he’s pleased with the physical progress that he has made, and added that strengthening the area around his meniscus now is a…

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