Bucs’ receiver Mike Evans is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury, per a report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. Evans is set to have a MRI on his hamstring on Tuesday, but unless there’s any unexpected improvement, Evans will be out for the Bucs’ final three games.

Evans’ injury happened near the end of the first quarter in the Bucs’ 38-35 win over the Colts at home. On the play, Evans made a 61 yard touchdown reception after he ran well ahead of defender Pierre Desir on a go route, but Evans came up limp as he entered the end zone, eventually lying on the ground in pain and then walking off with trainers. The Bucs’ star receiver did not return to the game.

Following the Bucs’ victory on Sunday, Bruce Arians was not optimistic about Evans chances of seeing the field again this season.

“It’s not good,” Arians said. “I’ll be shocked if Mike makes it back before the last week.”

On Monday, Arians’ update gave a slightly better chance for Evans’ prognosis, but not by much, if at all.

“They’re going to let it bleed out,” Arians said. “He was a quick healer when he had it in the spring, so I would be very doubtful for this week.”

The Bucs are thin at wide receiver after Evans’ injury. Rookie wide receiver Scotty Miller has missed the last two games with his own hamstring injury, which means they have Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson remaining on the depth chart. The Bucs do have receiver Ishmael Hyman on the practice squad if they decide to promote him up to the 53-man roster. Hyman played his college ball at James Madison University.

If Evans does miss the rest of the season, he will finish with 67 receptions for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. Evans also reached two milestones this season, breaking the Bucs’ franchise record for career receptions that was previously at 450, and now stands 462 and counting. For his second milestone, Evans became just the second receiver in NFL history to record over 1,000 yards in their first six seasons in the NFL, joining Hall Of Famer Randy Moss as the only two with the honor.

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EricNV

Sucks to see Evans sidelined, but he’s better off sitting out the remainder of the season and letting that hamstring heal completely than chance doing more damage by coming back early. The rest of the receivers need to step it up again next Sunday like they did this past Sunday.

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plopes808

Time to see what you got Jwat!

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awwdembucs

Still a great season 13.

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SenileSenior

We love you Mike for your grit, your character and for being the team player that you are!

Thanks for everything you have given us. Rest easy, have a great holiday season and we will see you next year.

Peace be with you!
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Go Bucs!!!

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BucRy

Love Mike, he’s my absolute favorite player for the bucs the last few years. It sucks that he’s out for the rest of the year but it isn’t too bad with us being out of the playoffs now. This will also give Arians the chance to truly evaluate our depth at receiver to see who stays and who goes in the offseason. Get strong and healthy Mike, big year for us next year.

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BigSombrero

Tough break for Evans. He was having another monster season.

Good luck to Justin Watson. I know he’s ready to get his shot. Hopefully he will have Jameis throwing to him, but if it’s Grif, they’ve got some preseason chemistry.

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Bucsfan1983

With Evans out for the year, Leftwich will need to get OJ Howard involved, much more than he has been.

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THORN

THANK you MIKE YOUR the MAN

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twspin

Heal up Big Mike. Bigger and better is in store for you and the team next year.

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Dman

Legitimate All Pro. Tough break.

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Alaskabuc

Let him sit out the rest of the season. Time to put OJ at the slot and make him do Mike’s routes.

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Pitts

Hate this for Mike…

But the +…some of these younger wideouts will get a chance to showcase their talents. They better take advantage of it, or a new rookie may be taking their spot in April.

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