Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith will address the severity of injuries to free safety Dashon Goldson (ankle) and rookie wide receiver Mike Evans (groin) later this afternoon, but NFL.com’s Ian Rappaoport is reporting that Evans’ groin strain will keep him out 2-3 weeks.
Evans was having his best game as a pro in Sunday’s 27-24 win at Pittsburgh, catching four passes for 65 yards, including a career-long 40-yard catch, when he suffered a groin strain while tracking a deep pass from Mike Glennon that was picked off by Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen after Evans went down during his route. Evans also recorded his first NFL touchdown, a 7-yard scoring reception to help the Bucs build a 7-0 lead against Pittsburgh in the first quarter.
Veteran Louis Murphy stepped in for the injured Evans in the second half and recorded six catches for 99 yards, including a 41-yard reception down to the Steelers 5-yard line that set up Vincent Jackson’s game-winning 5-yard touchdown. Murphy will likely get the start in place of Evans on Sunday in New Orleans.
Evans, the team’s first-round draft pick in April, is Tampa Bay’s leading receiver with 17 catches for 203 yards and a touchdown in his first four games.
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Wonderful. Not. At least we have VJ and NMurphy and Glennon seem to have a good connection.
Could’ve been worse.
Evans was having a good game. That sucks he got hurt. Can’t wait to see him back on the field.
This offence will very much resemble that of last year with Evans missing and Glennon at the helm. Not sure if I like those prospects. Get well soon!
Cut Oniel Cousins, bring back Tommy Streeter. He knows the playbook and he’s available. When Josh McCown is ready to back-up Mike Glennon, cut/return Kafka to the practice squad and bring back Rishaw Johnson.
The General Manager stuff is a piece of cake! lol.
Good suggestions macabee. Tuesday seems to be the day to make roster moves. Most are met with “Ho” followed by “Hum”. There are already 6 receivers on the roster so that’s enough while Evans heals. Mike James was inactive this week. Wouldn’t mind seeing #32 brought up from the Practice Squad to scoot on that turf in New Orleans but I know that’s not going to happen…….yet.
See you after the bye week Mike. I like the idea of bringing Streeter back, thought he beat out Herron. How about that R. Sheppard? Steps in for five minutes, and gave us the best play we’ve had in the slot all season. I think he earned a shot at starting in the slot.
Chris Owusu signed with the Jets.
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