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Bucs’ Mike Evans ruled out for remainder of Colts game after hamstring injury

Mike Evans, Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans hauled down a 61-yard touchdown reception during the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Unfortunately, during the play, he appeared to sustain an injury to his right hamstring, as he began to grab at it even as he crossed the goal line, before ultimately falling to the turf in the end zone. In the wake of that, he has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

Evans’ grab was his only one of the game, marking the first time that he has failed to record at least four receptions in a contest since Week 5 versus New Orleans when he was held without a grab. Without him in the mix, Chris Godwin figures to take on an even bigger role than usual, while tight end O.J. Howard should also see some increased targets.

The touchdown grab for Evans was his eighth of the season, tying his mark from last year. The standout receiver had been held without a touchdown grab over his last four games.

Despite his sometimes fluctuating performance in the Tampa Bay offense, Evans was able to hit the 1,000 receiving yard plateau for the sixth consecutive time this season. His ability to stay on the field has been remarkable since entering the league, having missed just three games in his career entering play Sunday.

Should the hamstring injury prove serious, the Buccaneers may be forced to take the field next Sunday in Detroit without Evans at their disposal.