Mike Evans injury update: Buccaneers could be without star WR vs. Saints

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be without their star WR vs. Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans has reportedly suffered an injury that may very well keep him out of the season-opener against the New Orleans Saints.

The Buccaneers, who had gotten through Training Camp relatively unscathed, will now face what most believe will be a game time decision for Evans.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter posted on Twitter that Evans had suffered a soft tissue injury that has his status listed as ‘questionable’ for the game against the Saints.

Evans missed practice on Wednesday and many around the franchise expect him to be held out of practice on Friday, as well, before a decision is made this weekend, potentially on Sunday in New Orleans.

Either way, Evans’ injury is a crushing blow to the Buccaneers for however long he is injured

It’s not just about whether or not Evans can go on Sunday. The truth of the matter is that even if he does play- which seems to be a bit in doubt at this point- he won’t be at 100 percent.

In a game where Evans was going to be relied upon heavily to be the play-maker and the jump-starter for this Buccaneers offense, he’s going to be less than 100 percent, if he plays at all.

That’s a crushing blow for a Tampa Bay team that needs all hands on deck, especially early on in the season.

The Saints are already considered a 3.5-point favorite at home against the Bucs and taking away what many consider to be Tom Brady‘s top receiving option certainly won’t help in Tampa’s pursuit of starting out the season in the win column.

We’ll keep you up to date on the latest pertaining to Evans’ injury, just make sure you check back here on The Pewter Plank.

UPDATE (Friday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.): The Buccaneers have released their official injury report for this weekend and have listed Mike Evans as ‘doubtful’ for the match-up.

Evans practice with a helmet on Friday afternoon, but things aren’t looking promising as we head into the weekend in terms of his availability.

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The Buccaneers open up the 2020 season Sunday afternoon against the New Orleans Saints at 4:25 p.m. live on Fox.