Dirk Koetter didn’t need the bye week to determine the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback.

Jameis Winston will resume the role for Week 6’s game at the Atlanta Falcons, Koetter announced Monday.

Winston was suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. A league investigation into accusations that he groped an Uber driver found the woman’s account of the alleged incident “consistent and credible.”

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On Sunday, Winston stepped in for Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second half of a 48-10 loss to the Chicago Bears. Fitzpatrick led Tampa Bay to a 3-0 start and became the first player in NFL history to throw for 400 yards in consecutive games, but he threw three interceptions in last Monday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers before completing just nine of 18 passes for 126 yards against the Bears.

Winston completed 16 of 20 passes for 145 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in relief of Fitzpatrick.

Koetter also confirmed that tight end O.J. Howard would miss “a couple of weeks” with a knee strain suffered against the Bears.

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