Sunday went a lot better for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers than some might have predicted, but the injury bug continued to chew away at the team's depth.
Already the Bucs secondary was thinning out thanks to injuries, a group that was already thin to begin with. Jamel Dean was ruled out before the game even started, and Carlton Davis was returning for the first time since Week 1 at less than 100 percent.
Davis returning was a sight for anxious eyes, but it was clear he came back more out of neccessity than truly being healthy. Once the game started Ryan Neal suffered a concussion and was ruled out less than five minutes after kickoff, further depleteing the Bucs depth.
Perhaps the worst hit came in the second quarter, when Mike Evans was added to the growing list of banged up Bucs.
Mike Evans injury update: Bucs WR leaves Week 4 vs. Saints
Evans didn't need to get helped off the field or anything, rather he was seen being worked on by trainers on the sideline. It wasn't clear what the issue was, but FOX reported that it was a hamstring issue that was bothering Evans.
The injury flared up right before halftime, and Evans wasn't on the field for the Bucs touchdown that gave them a 14-3 lead. It turned out he wouldn't be on the field again for any further plays after trainers got a better look at him in the locker room.
It wasn't long after Evans was checked out at halftime that he was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
NFL on FOX sideline reporter Jen Hale provided more context and a further update after the teams returned to the field for the third quarter.
Mike Evans injury history
The chances of Evans suffering an injury this season were 'high risk', with there being an almost 90 percent chance something happened at some point this season.
It's at least the fourth time since 2019 that a hamstring issue has hobbled Evans, with the most recent occurance being last offseason. He's been pretty reliable throughout his entire career in being able to stay healthy, but he did suffer a Grade 2 hamstring strain back in 2021 that kept him out.
Tampa Bay merely ruled him out for the rest of Week 4's game, and no further update on his status in upcoming weeks has yet been revealed.