Buccaneers: What does Mike Evans’ injury mean for the Tampa Bay offense?

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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Despite a win against the Colts, the Buccaneers lost Mike Evans to a hamstring injury. What will this mean for Tampa Bay’s offense in these final games?

As exciting as it was to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers topple the Indianapolis Colts for only their sixth win of the season, it came with some bitter moments. The double-edged sword of a highlight was just before the first quarter came to a close.

Unfortunately, the Buccaneers struggled early by ending their first two drives with turnovers. After a one-yard sneak by QB Jameis Winston put the Bucs on the board, they managed to force a punt and get the ball back at their own 39-yard-line. It was 1st & 10, and Jameis Winston threw an absolute bomb to WR Mike Evans.

The two-time Pro Bowler turned on a higher gear to create separation and make the 61-yard catch that ended in another Buccaneers touchdown. It was an exciting moment, and a fantastic play, but everyone’s hearts sank while watching.


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Yes, Evans had indeed scored a touchdown and given the Bucs a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, Evans had also injured his hamstring on the same play. There’s a clear moment visible in video of the play where Evans reaches for his hamstring and hobbles into the endzone during the final moments.

He left the game after that play, and initial feelings were hopeful. It could’ve just been a minor tweak that wasn’t severe. There was hope Evans might even re-enter the game. He was able to leave the field under his own power, which is always a good sign.

Sadly, it looks like a return may not even be in the cards for 2019. According to Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians, he would be “shocked” if Evans were to return to action this season. [H/T Eduardo Encina/Tampa Bay Times]