Lovie: Evans Out For Preseason With Bad Hammy

August 25th, 2015

MikeEvans2When Mike Evans first came to the Buccaneers, he tweaked a hamstring in spring practices.

Last season, he blew a groin in Pittsburgh but only missed a game and a half.

Against the Bengals last night, Evans pulled a hamstring and left the game. This afternoon, Lovie Smith announced that Evans is done for the preseason with that hammy injury.

Joe could speculate up and down about Evans’ injury. Nobody knows. We’ll see if he practices. In 15 days, Evans will — or will not — appear on the first injury report of the regular season. The Bucs face the Titans in the season opener in 19 days.

A potential loss of Evans, even for one game, could be toxic. It would have a ripple effect through the offense. Vincent Jackson would see a diet of double teams, and Louis Murphy and likely Russell Shepard would have to rise up, much like they did in the thrilling win at Pittsburgh last year.

Joe’s hoping for the best. That’s all we got right now.

29 Responses to “Lovie: Evans Out For Preseason With Bad Hammy”

  1. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I’m starting to get worried now. We need him for week 1. These young receivers need to fill the void if he can’t go.

  2. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    At least it’s not season ending. We’ve been lucky so far. Knock on wood.

  3. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Hopefully management is just gripping after watching Jordy Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin go down and they’re just being super, super, cautious.

  4. DB55 Says:

    Winston will be in a floppy hat right next to him for the preseason too. I’d like to see a pic of the ankle so I can stop trippin’.

  5. DB55 Says:

    What St Pete said.

  6. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    55, I’m worried about that ankle too. The one angle they showed on it looked really bad.

  7. rayjay1122 Says:

    Evans had the same issue last season. Perhaps he will be fine for the regular season. He really has not shined this preseason and it is too bad we have to all hope he can play like he did last season and not have a Clayton like slump after a spectacular rookie season.

  8. Danati74 Says:

    They are just being cautious with him. Plus, its a good chance for coaches to see what we have in the rest of the WR we have. Its only preseason, why get our best receiver hurt for no reason. Good chance to evaluate what else we have. Looking to see K. Bell somewhere in there getting his first preseason catch.

  9. BuccaneEric75 Says:


  10. Tampa Tony Says:

    Damn, I just hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

  11. DB55 Says:


    Having broken my ankles several times I feel like an expert. I just hope it’s not black n blue today. That would not be good.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m sure it’s caution……No reason to play Evans in preseason….hamstrings can be tricky.

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    A bit of a damper on an otherwise good night of football. Rest that hammy Big Mike. We need you man.

  14. Danr Says:

    Well. His stat line with winston is zero catches for 0 yards and minimal effort on every target

  15. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    55, I agree

  16. Lakeland Buc Says:

    Mike Evans hasn’t caught a pass in preseason, even though he’s been target 5 times. It seems like like he’s not getting open, I believe we will get most of our production from our Backs, TEs, Slot Receiver this season.

  17. Dave Says:

    I am never that pessimistic, but this is concerning. I run and exercise a lot. If you are getting proper fluids, you should not be pulling hamstrings in the humidity and heat in Florida. He keeps having issues anyway. That’s concerning.

  18. Dave Says:

    Winston looked fine by the end of the game. Not worried about the ankle. Sometimes it looks worse than it is. Young people can be very resilient and JW seems like the type that has some rubber in his ligaments.

  19. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I predicted a lot of injuries this year, but mostly on defense. Only 2 preseason games and it’s already looking bad.

    Thankfully, he’ll be back for te regular season.

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    It’s not broken. Just a little sore. Give it a week and it will be fine. He was running on it afterward. Can’t be too bad.

    He might end up taking the two games off, but he really would only need one. Just the last preseason game is usually mostly backups.

  21. DB55 Says:


    The adrenaline alone will have you “not hurt” then add 215lbs of machismo and you start running. Then you wake up the next day like “hmmm ow damn that hurts”. At least that’s been my experiences.

    But when I tore my knee I was squirming like a female dog on the field.

  22. Buccfan37 Says:

    Evans should not have been running all out down the sidelines as speed is not his strength. Duh, whoever called that play screwed up. Throw him shorter passes. Winston probably has a swollen ankle today, after the incident he moved around on it despite the noticeable limp. Once off his feet the sprain or whatever it is likely is swollen. Both of these players are questionable for the season opener. Let them rest until completely healed. I’m no doctor, but that’s my take.

  23. Danr Says:

    buccfan37 effort is not his strength either. look at him flopping for penalty flags before the ball even got to him on winstons only interception.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Danr…I get the feeling you would rather the Bucs just trade Evans and get it over with.

  25. The original "Kevin" Says:

    If Kenny bell can break out on Saturday night it would be a nice sight. ASJ as well. Im thinking Lovie is just bejng cautious and letting Evans rest. He knows these things happen during the regular season and is challenging the young guys to step up and help the team when its in need. Thats who Im watching Bell and ASJ. Winston needs to careful on that ankle. Once close to 100%….I would also make Winston do the tire excersize for half of practice everyday unitl his sloppy feet condition is cured.Glennon looked sharp. The defense he played against has nothing to do with his ball placement and anticipation. He looked really good in Koetters offense. Im comftorable going forward. I think Lovie has this together after seeing the all around effort the other night

  26. LargoBuc Says:

    If Winston can build off of last night, the receivers around him will look great. Where did Russell Shepard come from? He looked great last night.

  27. Danr Says:

    actually, no. i just want the young man to step up. he has the ability to be a beast. but if he does not want to try we will have another flash in the pan wr who is just trying to win on skill. IT IS concerning.

  28. Nuc if u Buc Says:

    Hall>Bell Herron Sheppard

  29. unbelievable Says:

    Agreed Nuc, although Shepard looked much improved on the offense so I’d keep monitoring him. Made a few clutch grabs.