The Bucs had the status of wide receiver Mike Evans and cornerback Carlton Davis III still in question heading into their final practice on Thursday before playing the Washington Football Team in the Super Wild Card round.

Evans suffered a knee injury in Week 17 one play after he surpassed 1,000 yards on the season, putting him in the NFL record books as the only player to reach 1,000 receiving yards in the first seven years of their career. Davis had a groin injury in Week 15, forcing him to miss the following two weeks. Davis was listed as a limited participant in practice the day before on Wednesday, while Evans did not participate.

Evans and Davis were both on the field during the portion of practice open to the media on Thursday, and Bruce Arians gave an update on Tampa Bay’s key starters for their availability in what would be each of their first postseason games.

“I think he’s got a chance [to play],” Arians said of Evans playing. “He’ll be a game-time decision, he and Carlton [Davis III]. The only person out is Jeremiah Ledbetter.”

If Evans can’t go, Arians gave his support for the receivers that could fill in for Evans alongside Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown.

“We’ve got Scotty [Miller], we’ve got Tyler [Johnson], [Jaydon] Mickens,” Arians said. “We’ve got guys who have played all season. They’re not Mike, but they’ll be good enough.”

Should he be able play, Arians assured that Evans wouldn’t have any restrictions or limitations put on him in the offense.

“If he goes out there, he’s healthy,” Arians said. “We’re not putting him out there to limp on one leg. If he’s playing, he’s good to go.”

The Bucs travel to Washington for their playoff game taking place at 8:15 on Saturday night.

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Horse
5 months ago

This is a no-brainer, both should get ready to play the Packers.
It was more important that Barrett is back on the field.

bucballer
Reply to  Horse
5 months ago

But we play the Washington Football Team???

Virtual_Camel
Reply to  bucballer
5 months ago

Getting ready for the Packers is exactly how you end up losing to Washington. If they’re ready, let them play.

Buc76
5 months ago

We should be able to win without them. If not we shouldn’t be in the playoffs.

Buc76
5 months ago

This is a big moment in Donovan Smith’s career. That’s who needs to step up.

danielob
5 months ago

I think the game might hinge on Donovan Smith, my least favorite Bucs player since Cosey Coleman. Time to step up, if he is a revolving door then he won’t be back next year, definately our achilles heel on the O line. Also, no mention of Justin Watson filling in, guess he is religated to special teams now, not too promising for his future after this season. He is a big guy in the slot and would help with blocking, especially if we get a lead and run the ball alot to keep the D line off the QB.

fl0nase
Reply to  danielob
5 months ago

Ha, Coleman. For me it was Kenyatta ‘hands to the face’ Walker.

fredster
Reply to  fl0nase
5 months ago

Good Evans won’t be out there gimpy like the Chicago game! That was Dumb.
Kenyatta walker lol. He annoyed the shit out of me too.

Eddie
Reply to  danielob
5 months ago

“On March 5, 2019, Smith signed a three-year, $41.5 million contract extension with the Buccaneers”… Wow, paid that much for a slow footed left tackle? Which GM would have done that?

surferdudes
5 months ago

I would think the condition of the field this week might factor into the decision on Evans.

fredster
Reply to  surferdudes
5 months ago

I’ve heard of field condition determining what cleats you wear but not if you can play or not. Lol

scubog
5 months ago

Wow! Started on the “whipping boy” even before the game begins. I’ll bet Donovan Smith is already headlining the Most Disappointing list. As inconsistent as big #76 can be, those other offensive linemen mentioned were nowhere near as good as Smith.

Horse
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

Smith and the rest of our offensive lineman will perform enough to win this game. How offense is that good even without Evans if he can’t play.
What I am hoping to see is a notch better performance for our defensive team. Go Bucs!