The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are dealing with injuries across the board to their skill position players Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints.
According to ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans injured his hamstring and is doubtful to return to Sunday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
Bucs’ WR Mike Evans doubtful to return to tonight’s game due to a hamstring injury.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 20, 2021
Late in the 2nd quarter, Evans went up for his only catch in the game for 14 yards. Saints defensive back and personal nemesis of Evans, Marshon Lattimore, had tight coverage on the play. Evans came down with the catch. However, after going to the sidelines, he appeared to grab his hamstring. He returned to the game for one play, but then promptly left again and is being listed as doubtful to return.
Earlier in the game, the Buccaneers also lost their other Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Godwin with a leg injury.
Godwin went over the middle for a short catch and was tackled low. He went down awkwardly. After being attended to, Godwin walked off under his own power and went under the tent for observation. He was seen jogging on the sidelines, attempting to make cuts. His return is listed as questionable.
The Buccaneers and quarterback Tom Brady is already without one of his other weapons, Antonio Brown. Brown was suspended for three games for violating the league’s COVID protocols. Brown reportedly submitted a fake vaccination card prior to the season. He was suspended along with two other Buccaneers players.
Without Brown, Godwin and Evans, Tom Brady has struggled to move the ball.