The reports on Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans have been all over the place. Just a week ago it looked like his hamstring injury was minor. Head coach Lovie Smith had suggested that if Evans had to play a game that week, he could have.
Then there were whispers that the injury was more serious than though and Evans had been sitting out too much practice, making him doubtful for week one. Now we’ve done a 180 and it looks like Evans is on track to start against the Tennessee Titans in the season opener. Per Roy Cummings on Twitter, Evans returned to and participated in practice on Friday.
Good news for #Bucs and fantasy fans who have WR Mike Evans. Evans was back participating in practice today.
— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) September 11, 2015
While it’s great to see Mike Evans back in practice, it’s unclear just how involved he was or what his exact status is. That being said, it’s comforting to know head coach Lovie Smith suggested Evans could still start on Sunday, even if he hadn’t practiced all week. With Friday’s session under his belt, Evans seems to be shedding even the questionable label and looks more and more likely to start in week one.
Evans is still slated to be a game time call, but it’s looking like he’ll be a full go. If so, he’s locked in as a top-10 wide receiver against a bad Titans defense at home. Of course, in the event Evans is limited or out, the likes of Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins would see their roles increase dramatically.