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Bruce Arians and Chris Godwin Provide Positive Update on Mike Evans

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans / Julio Aguilar/Getty Images
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Updated (Tuesday, Jan. 5, 3:55 p.m. EST): Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was a full participant in the team's walkthrough today. However, Evans reportedly wouldn't have participated if it was a regular practice. This seems to confirm that the superstar wideout is pushing to play, but he's still not a surefire bet to see the field and likely won't be at 100% if he does suit up.

The Mike Evans watch is on as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle the Washington Football Team on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Evans, who in Week 17 became the first receiver to break 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven NFL seasons, injured his knee in the win. He left the game in the first quarter and did not return.

The star receiver is considered day-to-day after an MRI on Monday showed no structural damage and very little swelling on Evans' hyperextended knee.

Buccaneers fans received some initial positive news on Tuesday from head coach Bruce Arians and receiver Chris Godwin.

Tampa Bay (11-5) scored 492 points this season; second most in the NFC. Evans caught 13 of Tom Brady's 40 touchdown passes and led the Bucs with 1,006 receiving yards.

The Wild Card round game betting action has been fairly one-sided on the Buccaneers (-8.5). Tampa Bay is taking 78% of the spread bets and 80% of the money, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's Oddsfire platform.

With or without Evans, the Buccaneers are expected to beat the Football Team. Tampa Bay opened as a 7.5-point favorite over Washington at FanDuel Sportsbook. On Tuesday, the NFL Playoff odds had changed with the Bucs up to -8.5. The over/under has dropped a full point, to 45.5.


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