Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians would be ‘shocked’ if Mike Evans plays next week with hamstring injury
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to beat the Indianapolis Colts, but it came at the cost of Mike Evans suffering a hamstring injury. Based on the situation the Bucs are currently in, it may be possible that fans won’t get to see their star wide receiver play against the Detroit Lions next week.
The Athletic’s Greg Auman got in touch with head coach Bruce Arians after the game and asked about the condition of the 26-year-old wideout. His response to the question doesn’t give Bucs fans an encouraging picture.
Arians said he would be shocked if Mike Evans can play next week with his hamstring injury.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 8, 2019
The hamstring injury was serious enough that he didn’t return to the game after completing his touchdown. Given the head coach’s wariness of the situation, it’s possible that the condition is serious enough that they might not play the guy against the Lions.
It’s such a loss for Tampa Bay if they don’t get to play with one of their star wideouts. He’s easily one of the few bright spots in the team, with his ability to catch the football considered as one of the best in the entire league. In fact, he’s been so consistent for the Bucs that he joins Randy Moss as the only players in league history with more than 1000 receiving yards in each of their first six seasons.
However, it’s unlikely that the team will rush his recovery just for Detroit. The team has been considered out of the playoff race after this game, so there’s no incentive for them to rush his recovery just to risk him getting hurt again.
The team’s main priority is keeping their assets fit in the long run. If that means shelving Mike Evans for this game, they will be more than happy to do it.