According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bucs have received some positive injury news Monday morning. After losing Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette to injury in a 9-0 loss to the Saints, all eyes have turned to the trio’s prognosis. On Monday, Rapoport tweeted that it appears Evans and Fournette avoided major injury.
Both Evans and Fournette suffered hamstring injuries on Sunday night. It sounds like Evans is ok, and may have a chance to play this week against the Panthers. We’ll see what Bucs head coach Bruce Arians says today at his 2:30 presser. Fournette might miss a little time, which will leave the Bucs thin at running back. The fifth-year pro has dominated the running back snaps this season, rushing for 812 yards and eight touchdowns. The Bucs have already lost third down back Giovani Bernard to injured reserve as well.
The Bucs will enter Week 16 looking for answers at wide receiver and running back. Antonio Brown will return, joining Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson as surefire options for the upcoming matchup with the Panthers. Breshad Perriman is currently on the COVID list. We’ll see if he clears protocol by next Sunday. Meanwhile, Godwin is likely going to miss the rest of the regular season with an MCL sprain.
At running back, things are even more bleak. The Bucs will likely be without their top two pass-catching options in Fournette and Bernard. That leaves Ronald Jones and Ke’Shawn Vaughn, with Kenjon Barner and Darwin Thompson as options off the practice squad. The pass game could get ugly at running back without Fournette and Bernard on the field.
The Bucs return to action against the Panthers in Week 16.