The timing of Mike Evans’ knee injury was as brutal as it gets, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might actually have their star wideout on the field this Saturday against the Washington Football Team.
Evans was immediately ruled out when he hyperextended his knee in Week 17. The MRI results, however, showed that he didn’t suffer any structural damage.
With the first round of the playoffs just two days away, Tampa Bay had a positive update to share on Evans this afternoon. He was testing out his knee during the portion of practice that was open to the media.
Testing out the knee injury today doesn’t necessarily mean Evans will be ready for Saturday, but it keeps that option on the table.
Mike Evans is working at practice today, testing his injured knee. Looks comfortable in the window open to media, keeping Saturday in play.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 7, 2021
Bruce Arians admit earlier this week that it’ll be tough keeping Evans off the field this weekend due to his competitive nature. Chris Godwin agreed with his head coach’s remarks, saying “I would not want to be the one telling Mike that he can’t go.”
At this point, Evans’ status could come down to a game-time decision. Tampa Bay would love to have him out there against Washington, but it has enough weapons to fill in if need be. Arians did say Antonio Brown would be the team’s “insurance policy” at wide receiver if either Evans or Godwin went down.
Kickoff for the Buccaneers’ playoff game is at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC.