Bruce Arians would be ‘shocked’ if Mike Evans played again this season
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been rolling of late, having won three straight games, but they may have suffered a critical loss in their most recent victory.
Wide receiver Mike Evans suffered a hamstring injury during the first quarter of the Buccaneers’ win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and head coach Bruce Arians says the prognosis doesn’t seem too great:
“It’s not good,” Arians said, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. “I’ll be shocked if Mike makes it back before the last week.”
Arians added that Evans will undergo further testing on Monday.
In 13 games this season, Evans has logged 67 catches for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns, giving him his sixth straight 1,000-yard campaign. The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Texas A&M, was originally selected by Tampa Bay with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Evans had a terrific rookie season, catching 68 passes for 1,051 yards and 12 scores. He then followed that up by snaring 74 balls for 1,206 yards and three scores in 2015, and in his third season, he hauled in 96 receptions for 1,321 yards while reaching the end zone 12 times, making his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Evans’ best season to date, however, came last year, when he registered 86 grabs for 1,524 yards and eight touchdowns, earning his second Pro Bowl selection.
The Bucs still have an outside shot of making the playoffs, but if Evans is done for the season, it will probably be the death blow in what has been a topsy-turvy season for the Buccaneers overall.
Tampa Bay will take on the Detroit Lions next Sunday.