Tampa Bay Buccaneers star wide receiver Mike Evans went on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week, but he was back on the practice field catching passes from backup Ryan Griffin on Thursday afternoon. While he got winded quickly, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, it was great to have him back out there on the practice field.
Here’s video of Evans at practice:
Mike Evans returned after practice to run some routes for practice squad QB Ryan Griffin as trainer Bobby Slater looked on. Evans had been on the COVID-19 list since Monday. pic.twitter.com/c27rLG18hL
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 30, 2021
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It’s still unclear just what Evans’ status will be against the New York Jets in Week 17 action. In addition to his COVID-19 situation, Evans suffered a hamstring injury in the Buccaneers’ Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints, which also saw Chris Godwin go down for the rest of the season and Leonard Fournette get hurt.
Tom Brady and Tampa Bay handled the Carolina Panthers in Week 16 without those three offensive stars who got hurt against New Orleans, with the return of Antonio Brown playing a key role. Brown didn’t practice on Thursday, though, because of an ankle injury. His status for Week 17 against the Jets seems to be in question.
Given the opponent, the Buccaneers will surely be cautious with these health issues. Tampa Bay can easily beat a bad Jets team while shorthanded. Of course, the defending champions are still trying to get the top seed in the NFC, though they’re a game behind the first-place Green Bay Packers.
Evans has caught 64 passes for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.