Earlier in the preseason, after suffering a hamstring injury against the Bengals, the Bucs put wide receiver Mike Evans on the shelf for the remainder of the preseason for what was thought to be precautionary measures. Two-and-a-half weeks later Evans has still yet to participate in a Bucs practice, as again on Wednesday the former Texas A&M star was watching the Bucs warm afternoon practice from the sideline.
Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Lovie Smith will address the media later today and undoubtably will be asked about Evans’ status, but don’t expect many details other than what the team is required to reveal on the team’s first injury report which will be released later in the day.
While the Titans defense won’t be confused with the 1970’s Steel Curtain, Tennessee defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau will most certainly have a number of different looks dialed up to try and confuse Bucs’ rookie QB Jameis Winston. Not having the Bucs leading receiver from 2014 in the lineup on Sunday will most certainly be an area of concern as Tampa Bay will only have Vincent Jackson, Louis Murphy, Russell Shepard and Adam Humphries. The Bucs could also call up practice squad wide receiver Rannell Hall to give them five healthy receivers for Sunday.
Again, there has been no confirmation that Evan will miss Sunday’s game against Tennessee, but if so, things become a little more difficult for Tampa Bay who is looking to start out 1-0 for the first time since the 2012 season when the Bucs beat the Carolina Panthers on opening day in Greg Schiano’s first season as head coach.
There was some good news for the organization, as rookie left tackle Donovan Smith is out of his walking boot and was dressed and participating for Tampa Bay on Wednesday, along with Jacquies Smith. Defensive end T.J. Fatinikun (shoulder) however was wasn’t participating on Wednesday.
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Sounds like a mid grade pull at the very least.
Hopefully, it isn’t black and blue. If so, he is done for the year, and will get hammy pulls for the rest of his career…
Didn’t Evans and Lovie claim he would have played against the Browns if it were a regular season game a few weeks ago?
At any rate, is it too early to wonder aloud if Evans has a tendency to hurt his hammys? It seems to be a reoccuring problem and this one is lasting quite a while. I think he needs to be on the GD field on Sunday because a loss at home against the Titans and Mariota would be a loss not ogttwen over quickly by fans sick and tired of losing. ESPECIALLY at home.
So does Murphy start in Evan’s place and Shepard or Humphies play the slot? Irratated and asking in SRQ.
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Well now I know why we have so many WR’s on the PS.
I don’t understand the hamstring malady that is so common in the NFL today. I never used to hear this in pre-CBA years. Is it due to the new practice do’s and don’ts of the CBA or is just that with social media we have better reporting? Rotoworld is reporting a large number of players not practicing and may not play due to hamstring injuries.
A large number are a result of supplements that are wide spread , these tend to increase muscle but also dewater the muscle.Dehydrated muscles cramp and pull more than hydrated muscle . I am surprised that training staffs don’t make a habit out of iv’s before games for problem athletes. Maybe they do?
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