Buccaneers star WR Mike Evans expected to miss rest of season

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans pulled his hamstring in Sunday’s win over the Colts. He is now expected to miss the rest of the season.

Wide receiver Mike Evans made probably the biggest play of the game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, catching a 61 yard bomb from quarterback Jameis Winston. However, on that very play, Evans pulled up limp as he yanked his hamstring; he is expected to miss the final three games of the 2019 season as a result.

In his absence against the Colts, wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson stepped up big for the pewter and red, each catching a touchdown pass. Tight end O.J. Howard also took a step forward and finished the game with four catches and 73 yards on the day.

Chris Godwin stepped right into the WR1 role, as many expected he was capable of, and finished the game with seven catches for 91 yards for the Bucs. He has thrived opposite Evans this year, tallying 1,212 yards and nine touchdowns, but he was still a reliable force for Winston to target even with his running mate on the sideline.

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If Evans is truly done for the year, then at least he managed to keep his streak of 1,000 yards receiving in six straight years alive. It looks like the former 2014 first rounder’s season will end with 1,157 yards receiving and eight touchdowns on 67 catches for the Buccaneers this year.

With no playoffs to play for at this point, it would be wise for the Buccaneers to sit him out, even if he says he feels healthy enough to play. This will give the pewter and red an extended look at guys like Justin Watson and rookie Scotty Miller (if he recovers).

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This would be a much bigger blow to the Bucs if it were earlier in the season or if they were not already mathematically eliminated from playoff contention; take the rest of the season and the offseason to recover, then come back stronger than ever. See you in 2020, Mike.