The NFL has opened its investigation into allegations that Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in March 2016, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, and the league spoke to Tampa Bay Buccaneers head of security Andres Trescastro last week.

Per Schefter, "The investigation is not expected to [be] wrapped up by the end of this season, according to a source, meaning that Winston's case could hang over the upcoming NFL offseason similar to how Ezekiel Elliott's case hung over the NFL last offseason."

The Uber driver said that Winston grabbed her crotch for several seconds while they were in a drive-through of a Mexican restaurant and that Winston was the only passenger in the car. She reported the incident to Uber, and the company banned Winston from using its service.

Winston has maintained he did not commit the alleged act and that he wasn't alone in the car, saying the driver "was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her."

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby—Winston's former teammate at Florida State—said that he was in the vehicle with Winston at the time and that Winston did not perform the alleged act.