After reaching the 1,000-yard milestone for his seventh consecutive season since entering the league, setting a new NFL record, the Bucs saw star receiver Mike Evans leave Sunday’s game against the Falcons with a knee injury. Head coach Bruce Arians gave an optimistic update following the game, claiming that the organization didn’t believe that the injury was serious, and Arians confirmed on Monday that Evans’ MRI showed no ligament or structural damage, even opening the door for Evans to suit up against Washington in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday.

“The MRI showed no structural damage,” Arians said. “It was a hyperextension and I just saw him in the training room a little while ago and he has very, very little swelling and he’ll be day-to-day.”

Arians added that Evans will be testing the knee out throughout the week ahead of Saturday’s game, running in the pool on Monday and hopefully returning to practice on Thursday.

In addition to Evans, the Bucs were also without a number of other players throughout the roster for injury or COVID-related reasons. Arians also provided updates for cornerback Carlton Davis and defensive linemen Jeremiah Ledbetter, Shaq Barrett and Steve McLendon on Monday.

“I think Carlton should be up and going,” Arians said. “Ledbetter will be very iffy, Shaq will be back. Not sure about [McLendon] yet.”

 

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Naplesfan
6 months ago

That’s certainly very good news.
But I expect that Coach Arians will only play Mike if needed on Saturday. Given the capabilities of our receiving corps – WRs, TEs, and RBs – and of course TB-12, we will likely be able to handle the Washington Football Team without Mike Evans. Better to let him heal up more and get suited up for the divisional round where the competition will be stiffer.

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

I 100% agree with you Naples. That may be the 1 place where could afford to let our #1 heal up.

Eddie
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Nothing to heal up to if we lost this one game. Its the playoff.

Spitfire
6 months ago

So glad to hear. Evans is our Rock and he deserves this. I know a lot of people might say rest him but if he is at all ready to go I would at least let him suit up and see limited action if he’s not 100%. He doesn’t have to play every down if he suits up. Let him play so he can reap the rewards from all of his hard work and get to enjoy the experience and then let him rest when he needs it. No reason to risk loosing him the rest of the post season… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  Spitfire
6 months ago

Precisely Spitfire! If he is able to play, then he plays. There may not be a second playoff game! I’m just saying…

Virtual_Camel
Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

Play every game to win! If he is able and wants to play then let him play.

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  Spitfire
6 months ago

So you would risk Evans not being able to play at all next season, with an already bum knee, when you have AB and Godwin plus Scotty and Tyler? Would be terrible if he went down with an ACL injury…

Ss
Ss
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
6 months ago

I don’t think M1k3 would miss it for the world

Eddie
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
6 months ago

He should play if cleared by Medical doctors. Otherwise no. Even a perfectly healthy player can go down with ACL at any play, yes it is terrible but part of this violent game.

ScottC543
6 months ago

Definitely don’t need to rush Mike back if he’s less than 100%. We need him after this week.

Virtual_Camel
Reply to  ScottC543
6 months ago

Gotta win this week for there to be a next week. I agree he shouldn’t be rushed, but it’s one and done now so hopefully he’s ready to go.

RW
RW
6 months ago

If Mike dresses he won’t start. Bring him in only if needed. maybe save him for red zone work.

bucballer
6 months ago

Mike is a professional who has been doing this for many years. He has never played in a playoff game before. If he thinks he can go and is able to suit up then u play him. Hearing people say that he should rest the first playoff game so that he can play in second playoff game. My question is this… what makes u think that this Skins game is a gimme? In the playoffs…especially with CoVid and its restrictions… its anybody’s game. We need all hands on deck. If Mike is physically able, then he plays!

Ss
Ss
Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

Agrees with you 💯

Eddie
Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

Really? Never? wow.

Dman
Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

Thank you – how ridiculous is it to think we can just rest one of our best players. Anyone notice our quick starts the past two games have come with getting Mike involved early and often. Think about it.

Ss
Ss
6 months ago

Records do not matter in the playoffs everyone. Let’s not look past this tough Washington defense. Go Buccs

fredster
6 months ago

Bucs should sit Evans unless he’s 100%. We Can beat skins without him. Not calling them stupid politically correct WFT. That’s asinine. Will likely need Evans 100% to beat Saints or Packers. Skins suck. They were garbage last night. Smith isn’t good and gimpy. If Bucs can’t beat them fairly easily then we aren’t gonna beat top teams.

Last edited 6 months ago by fredster
Ss
Ss
Reply to  fredster
6 months ago

Redskins D is really good. Don’t look at them as a gimme.

RW
RW
Reply to  fredster
6 months ago

He wasn’t 100% in most game this year. And probably less than 50% in the Chicago and 1st Saints game. So if he is 75% he will probably suit up. Having AB means the Bucs don’t need him as badly as they did in those 2 games I mentioned.

Ranger
6 months ago

Worries me that there’s no mention of an update on White? Is he out for sure this week?

Ss
Ss
Reply to  Ranger
6 months ago

If the game was Sunday he could have played if he didn’t have a covid set back but since it’s Saturday he can’t play because of the 10 day quarantine

Bucco-Bruce
6 months ago

Mike Evans is a gamer and he will do what he can to play this game. You cannot disregard anyone in the playoffs!! The only way we rest Evans is if the Bucs are up by 3-4 TD by the 4th quarter, now let’s go Bucs!!!

bucballer
6 months ago

Big fan of Mike Evans and what he has done for the Bucs! He is the best WR the Bucs have ever had! Fact! Having said that… we will miss LB White more so than Evans if he can’t play due to our depth at WR and lack of quality depth at LB.

Pete
6 months ago

Mike will find a way to play and Shaq will be needed as well. This should be a win on paper but here we go with another Prime time game. Bucs in the playoffs! I havent said that in a long time. Everybody enjoy and stay safe best you can.