The arrow is pointing up for Jameis Winston.

Nursing an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder, the Buccaneers quarterback told reporters Thursday that he expects to be on the field Sunday against the Bills.

"My thought process is to play," Winston said, adding: "I'm ready. When it's time to let me go, I'm ready."

Optimism aside, Winston noted that his status for Week 7 remains a "team decision" to be made by coaches and club trainers. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken, though, said that he anticipates the third-year signal-caller throwing some during Thursday's practice after resting his arm on Wednesday