Tampa Bay Buccaneers number one wide receiver Mike Evans’ season may be over.
Evans suffered a hamstring injury in the Bucs’ Week 14 win over the Indianapolis Colts. While scoring a touchdown, he seemed to hurt his leg, and would not return to the field.
The leg injury was confirmed and reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The door was left open for a return to the field in 2019.
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
If significant improvement on the injured hamstring does not take place, then Evans and the Buccaneers will not push their luck. Considering the Saints have already clinched the NFC South and their Wild Card hopes are slim, they should not risk further injury.
Evans started every one of Tampa’s game this year. As their clear number one option, he racked up 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns. Since coming into the league in 2014, he has never put up less than 1,000 yards receiving.
He is also a historically healthy player. If he fails to return to the field this year, he will have only missed six total games in six seasons.
The good news is that Chris Godwin is having a breakout year. He has eclipsed Evans’ numbers in yards and touchdowns. That is likely because Evans draws so much extra attention, however. Godwin will become the clear number one in his absence.
Tampa Bay travels to Detroit to take on the Lions in Week 15.
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