Buccaneers Get Tough News With Latest Injury Updates on Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette

David Kaestle
The Buccaneers saw injuries to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette on Sunday night.
The Buccaneers saw injuries to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette on Sunday night. / Douglas P. DeFelice/GettyImages
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This article was updated at 10:44 a.m. EST on Dec. 20, 2021 to reflect the latest news on Chris Godwin's injury status.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered an embarrassing loss on Sunday Night Football against the division rival New Orleans Saints, in a game where seemingly nothing went right for the defending champions.

The Bucs failed to put up any points, falling 9-0 in what was an overall ugly game for both offenses. Tom Brady was particularly bad, playing his worst game of the season. He had 214 passing yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception, en route to a 57.1 passer rating.

However, the terrible play on the field was not the worst news of the day. The Bucs lost their top three playmakers to injury in the game.

Mike Evans Injury Update

Wide receiver Mike Evans left the game with a hamstring injury. Chris Godwin is believed to have an MCL sprain and running back Leonard Fournette also went down with a hamstring injury.

Chris Godwin Injury Update

Chris Godwin has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain, and he is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season. He could be placed on injured reserve, as that would leave him eligible to return after the final three games.

The good news for Bucs fans is that he is expected to return in time for the postseason.

Leonard Fournette Injury Update

Fournette, like Evans, will require more testing to determine the severity of the hamstring injury and how long he will be out for, but it's safe to assume neither will be back on the field in Week 16. This gives Ronald Jones the chance to step in and earn some snaps back, which Fournette has dominated all year.

The Bucs are 11-point favorites against the Carolina Panthers in Week 16, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's latest NFL odds.


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