Buccaneers extensive receiver Mike Evans left Tampa Bay’s Week 17 recreation with an obvious left knee harm after an ungainly step in the long run zone. He headed to the locker room with trainers, needing a cart as soon as he reached the tunnel. Tampa Bay dominated Evans out for the sport quickly after his harm.
Evans’ harm got here as he was focused in the long run zone. He ran a slant route and broke open. Tom Brady’s cross was a bit behind Evans, who was pressured to aim to plant his left foot. His cleat did not stick, although, and the best way it skidded triggered Evans’ left knee to bend inward.
After the sport, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians advised reporters, “Knock on wooden, we do not suppose there’s any severe harm. We’ll know extra within the subsequent 24 hours.” On Monday, Arians stated Evans is day-to-day with no structural harm revealed in an MRI.
This is footage of the harm, which may very well be discovered as disturbing.
Evans returned to the sideline after his harm in road garments with a brace on his left knee, in keeping with Fox’s Jennifer Hale. In accordance with Sports activities Harm Predictor, Evans hasn’t handled a severe knee harm in his NFL profession.
Previous to Evans’ departure, he’d caught three passes for 46 yards Sunday. It made him the primary participant in NFL historical past to have 1,000 or extra receiving yards in seven consecutive seasons to start a profession.
Whereas the Buccaneers entered Sunday with a playoff berth already clinched, Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians stated throughout the week that his group would play its regulars in an effort to safe the No. 5 seed within the NFC. Locking up the fifth seed means a matchup with the sub-.500 NFC East champion within the wild card spherical.