Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is expected to miss the rest of the season
Bucs WR Mike Evans (hamstring) expected to miss the rest of the season, per source. Barring unexpected improvement on hamstring, Tampa Bay will be without its top receiver.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 10, 2019
Evans pulled up limping on a 61-yard touchdown catch during the first quarter of the Buccaneers victory against the Indianapolis Colts. After the game Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said the hamstring injury didn’t look good.
“It’s not good,” Arians said of Evans via ESPN. “I’ll be shocked if Mike makes it back before the last week.”
The Buccaneers are eliminated from the playoff race, but losing Evans is a big blow to the team’s offense. On the season, Evans has caught 67 passes for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns.
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston also suffered a small fracture in his thumb but was able to return to the game.
“They X-rayed his thumb. He’s got a little-bitty fracture. Nothing serious. He was able to get his strength back to come back in,” Arians said, believing the injury did not affect Winston’s throws.
Starting left tackle Donovan Smith also had to leave the game, and the team still found a way to come away with a victory.
“Our starting left tackle [Donovan Smith] got banged up. One of the best receivers in the world [was] out. I hurt my thumb a little bit,” Winston said. “And we still pulled this game off.”
The good news for the Buccaneers is that they still have Chris Godwin, who has caught 81 passes for 1,212 yards and nine touchdowns. Without Evans, Godwin is going to need to continue to step up.