It looks like wide receiver Mike Evans’ preseason is over.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said Tuesday that the hamstring injury that cut the second-year receivers’ night short Monday will be evaluated closely as the regular season approaches.

“I know right now Mike Evans probably won’t play anymore the rest of the preseason,” Smith said at his 4 p.m. press conference at One Buc Place. “We’ll probably keep him out. Hamstring. You guys know how I am about the hamstrings – it takes a while.”

Evans exited last night’s second preseason game against Cincinnati after being targeted twice without securing a reception. The second-year pro didn’t record a catch on any of the three passes thrown his way last week in Minnesota, either.

In addition to Evans, Smith said rookie quarterback Jameis Winston’s rolled ankle isn’t serious and that defensive back Leonard Johnson also suffered an ankle injury.

“We’re still evaluating it,” Smith said of Johnson’s situation. “Again, a physical football game like that you normally have some injuries and we had some.”

Johnson, battling to retain his role at nickel back, “might miss a little bit of time,” Smith reported. He added that Johnson will not play Saturday’s third preseason game against Cleveland.

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5 years ago

Like to see Evans build more chemistry with Winston but we already know he can play.
this just gives the other receivers we will need down the line more time to build up actual valuable NFL game experience.

5 years ago

To be honest, little worried about Evans hammies- wonder if this is gonna be an issue that plagues his career?