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Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans won’t play this week due to leg injury

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently revealed that wide receiver Mike Evans has been dealing with a leg injury. As a result, Tampa Bay has had to take precautions to ensure his health for the start of the 2019 NFL season.

The Bucs are slated to square off against the Cleveland Browns on Friday. Head coach Bruce Arians says Evans will not play, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Head coach Bruce Arians announced on Wednesday that Mike Evans will not play against the Browns on Friday night.

The decision to sit Evans should come as no surprise. He was forced to leave practice early on Sunday after he came up hobbling following a deep catch. The risk of having him play against the Browns far outweigh any reward he may gain.

The timing of Evans’ injury is certainly unfortunate with the start of the regular season just a couple of weeks away. He had not gotten much work in during the preseason after logging in a mere 20 snaps through the first two games. This week was seen as somewhat of a dress rehearsal for many teams, however, it appears the Bucs will be without their most notable player.

Fortunately, the injury is not deemed to be too severe and his status for their Week 1 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers does not appear to be in jeopardy. Regardless, it is safe to say that Tampa Bay will look to take a cautious approach with his recovery to ensure he is 100 percent for the season opener.

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