TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans has unspecified soft tissue damage that could jeopardize his ability to play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Coach Bruce Arians described Evans’ status as everyday.
“We’ll take everyone up to the wire with him,” the Arians said of Evans. “He already got 1,000 reps for this game, the whole camp. So it will be just a game-time decision. If he doesn’t go on Friday, we will take everyone to the ballgame. If he can ‘t play, someone else will step up and up. “
If Evans could not play, Justin Watson and Scotty Miller would probably split the workload.
Evans, the Buccaneers top scorer, missed training on Tuesday and Wednesday. It doesn’t seem like he missed any time in training camp with injury.
He missed the last three games of the 2019 season with a hamstring injury.
In 2019, Evans became the second only wide receiver in NFL history, joining Randy Moss, to record 1,000 yards received in each of his first six seasons. Since 2014, Evans has alone accounted for nearly 30% of the Buccaneers’ received yards (7,260) and receives touchdowns (48).