Sunday's dominant win over the Saints was bittersweet for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While the team grabbed sole control of the NFC South and is now 3-1, Mike Evans was lost to an injury early on in the content. Before halftime, Evans left the game and was getting worked on while the Bucs offense was on the field.
Games against the Saints have a history of getting out of control, and not having Evans on the field seemed like a recipe for disaster.
Not having Evans didn't deter Baker Mayfield and the Bucs from scoring, though, as Trey Palmer stepped into his role and reeled in a touchdown. In fact, Tampa Bay didn't need Evans at all in the win as the team cruised to a 26-9 win with guys like Palmer and Deven Thompkins coming through in big ways.
Tampa Bay can't survive long term without Evans being a part of the offense, which is why his injury is something everyone is keeping an eye on.
Latest Mike Evans injury update after Week 4
While Todd Bowles remained mum about the injury after the game, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler revealed that it was indeed a hamstring issue that kept Evans out of Sunday's win. The good news is that it seems like the extent of the injury is not severe enough to keep Evans out for an extended period of time.
Tampa Bay is heading into its bye week, which means extra time for Evans to heal.
This is the best possible news, although it's still concerning considering how many times Evans has dealt with hamstring injuries in his career. This is at least the fourth time since 2019 that a hamstring injury has hobbled him, and the Bucs can't afford to be without him for too long.
In all three of the Bucs wins this year, Baker has dialed up Evans in an effort to get the offense flowing. He's massively important to the rhythm of the gameplan Dave Canales has drawn up, and while the Bucs were able to get by without him against the Saints they'll need him in upcoming matchups against top teams like Detroit and Buffalo.