Shelton Quarles played linebacker for 10 years in the NFL, and the former Buc never got run over by a quarterback. Not by Daunte Culpepper, Michael Vick, Brett Favre or Donovan McNabb. That was until the waning seconds of the Bucs’ 22-19 loss at Carolina on Sunday. As the Bucs’ director of football operations, Quarles was standing on the sideline when quarterback Jameis Winston was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the game. After leaving the field, Winston shot back onto it like he wanted a piece of referee Jerome Boger, and when Quarles tried to stop him, Winston pushed Quarles out of his way. Quarles would’ve had an expensive dry cleaning bill had backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick not been there to give him a soft shoulder pad to fall back on. Fortunately for Winston, he hit the emergency brakes after getting only about 10 yards onto the field. It all began when Winston was sacked for the sixth time and fumbled with about 30 seconds remaining in the game. Winston believed he had recovered the fumble, but Boger said defensive end Julius Peppers had possession first and awarded the ball to Carolina. Game over. That’s when Winston went nuttier than Planters. He had to be held back by teammates. He was escorted to the sideline by coach Dirk Koetter. Winston ripped off his helmet looking for the head he had just lost.
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