Buccaneers Get Great News With Mike Evans Injury Update

Tyler Maher
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans returned from a hamstring injury on Monday
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans returned from a hamstring injury on Monday / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While Tom Brady's controversial preseason absence has been the main topic of discussion surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in recent weeks, he wasn't the only notable Bucs player missing from training camp.

Wide receiver Mike Evans was also absent after leaving practice early with a hamstring injury on August 5. After being sidelined for more than two weeks, the four-time Pro Bowler returned to practice on Monday.

Hamstring injuries can be notoriously tricky and are prone to lingering, so it's encouraging for Tampa Bay to have their top wideout back on the field. With Chris Godwin working back from an injury of his own, being without Evans would leave a pair of newcomers in Russell Gage and Julio Jones as the Buccaneers' top wideouts.

Evans has been one of Brady's most reliable targets since the latter joined the Buccaneers, topping 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two years and hauling in 27 touchdowns during that time.

Without Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, Brady might have to lean on Evans even more if they're going to win their second Super Bowl in three years together.

Only the Buffalo Bills (+600) have better championship odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds than Tampa Bay (+750), but the Buccaneers' odds may take a hit if Evans re-injures himself or is forced to miss an extended period of time.

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