Mike Evans Harm Replace: Buccaneers receiver out for sport with knee harm

Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans left the game in Week 17 from Tampa Bay with an apparent left knee injury after an uncomfortable step in the end zone. He went into the locker room with sneakers on and needed a cart as soon as he reached the tunnel. Tampa Bay excluded Evans from the game shortly after his injury.

Evans’ injury came when he was targeted in the end zone. He ran an incline and set off. Tom Brady’s pass was a little behind Evans, who was forced to plant his left foot. His cleat didn’t stick, however, and the way it slid caused Evans’ left knee to bend inward.

After the game, Buccaneers manager Bruce Arians told reporters: “Hit the wood, we don’t think there is any serious damage. We’ll know more in the next 24 hours.” On Monday, Arians said Evans was commonplace with no structural damage seen on an MRI.

Here is the footage of the injury that could be found bothersome.

According to Fox’s Jennifer Hale, Evans returned to the sidelines wearing street clothes with braces on his left knee after his injury. According to Sports Injury Predictor, Evans has not dealt with a serious knee injury in his NFL career.

Before Evans’ departure, he had caught three passes for 46 yards on Sunday. It made him the first player in NFL history to receive 1,000 yards or more for seven consecutive seasons to begin a career.

While the Buccaneers started Sunday with a playoff spot already won, Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said during the week that his team would compete against his regulars to secure number 5 in the NFC. The blocking of the fifth seed means a matchup with the NFC-Ost-Champion under 500 in the wild card round.

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