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Bucs WR Mike Evans dealing with a leg injury

Mike Evans

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slated to square off against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 of the preseason. Unfortunately, it appears they may potentially be without wide receiver Mike Evans.

Evans was forced to leave practice early on Sunday after suffering an apparent leg injury. According to Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times, he has yet to make his return:

Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans and running back Ronald Jones missed Monday’s practice, putting their status for this Friday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns into question.

The timing of Evans’ injury is hardly ideal for Tampa Bay. He has only logged in a mere 20 snaps through their first two games and was slated to see an increase in playing time during this crucial part in the preseason. His inability to practice has now seemingly put his status for Friday’s matchup against the Browns in jeopardy.

The lack of details regarding Evans’ current injury indicates that it does not seem to be too severe. Regardless, it is safe to assume that the Bucs will look to take a cautious approach with his recovery now that the start of the 2019 NFL season is just around the corner.

There is little to gain from a player of Evans’ caliber playing a meaningless game. Tampa Bay has ushered in some significant changes this offseason and will be relying heavily on the two-time Pro Bowler as a stabilizing factor on offense.

At this point, the risks of having him play in the preseason would far outweigh any advantage he may gain.