No changes to your daily Mike Evans report from One Buc Place.
Tampa Bay’s No. 1 wide receiver feels 100 percent after practicing a full week in practice, but hasn’t been given the official go-ahead yet for Sunday.
“I feel really good, the training staff did a great job,” Evans said after practice Friday. “My hammy feels better than it ever has. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully I’ll be able to go this week.”
While Evans is always determined to take the field – “If it’s not broken, then I think I can play. That’s my mentality,” he said – the second-year pro still understands the coaches and training staff’s cautious approach.
“They’ve (coaches) been around this game longer than I have. They’ve seen funny things with hamstrings, so they want to make sure I’m all the way 100 percent,” Evans said. “Playing a full game, I don’t know how I’ll feel afterward… But hopefully I’ll be out there.”
Head coach Lovie Smith spoke about Evans after practice.
“Mike Evans of course has been able to do more and more each day, which is a good thing.
“You want that, for them to say they’re ready to go. Mike wasn’t ready to go last week. He’s closer this week. We have a little bit more time before game time.”
The only players sidelined during Friday practice were Major Wright (abdomen) and T.J. Fatinukun, who’s now missed close to five weeks with a shoulder injury.
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I sure hope he plays because Louis Murphy’s mom is still looking for him after last weeks game.
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