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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading to the postseason, but Sunday may have suffered a serious injury to one of their key players that could change things as they get set for action next weekend.
The team’s leading wide receiver, Mike Evans, left Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with what appears to be a left knee injury.
Tampa Bay announced in the second quarter that Evans was done for the day and would not return.
WR Mike Evans is out for the remainder of the game (knee). pic.twitter.com/qJ70bN1197
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 3, 2021
The injury took place when Evans took what looked to be an awkward step in the end zone. He headed to the locker room with trainers, needing a cart once he reached the tunnel.
The receiver was running a slant route, and Tom Brady’s pass was just a bit behind Evans, who had to adjust and it forced him to plant his left foot, and his cleat appeared to slide which caused the knee injury as his knee bent inwards.
Here is the Mike Evans left knee injury. pic.twitter.com/XdeXtvkk77
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 3, 2021
Mike Evans was helped off of the field and went to the locker room after a non contact injury in the end zone. pic.twitter.com/0zrEC33krL
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 3, 2021
Oddly enough Evans’ injury came on the same day that he made history, as he became the first player in NFL history to start his career with seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
The big question now though is how severe is the injury, and will it keep him out of action next week when the Bucs play on the road in a NFC Wild Card game.
— David J. Chao – ProFootballDoc (@ProFootballDoc) January 3, 2021
Evans caught three passes for 46 yards Sunday before he was injured.