The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally have some hope heading in to a new NFL season.
Hope in Tampa
The Bucs have newly drafted, face of the franchise quarterback Jameis Winston under center, while he is accompanied by some decent weapons in wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, and a rejuvenated Doug Martin.
But that optimism may come crashing back down to earth with the news that the aforementioned Evans suffered a potential hamstring injury last night.
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During their pre-season game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the star wide receiver was forced to leave the fixture to what the team are calling a hamstring strain, as reported by John Sabol of ABC Action New in Tampa Bay.
Evans is just one of a number of NFL players to have suffered hamstring strains during the pre-season, and the Buccaneers will be hoping the receiver's knock isn't as bad as some of the others, with player's muscles coming away from the bone, which would require surgery.
In what might be some good news for the Bucs, head coach Lovie Smith came out and said that Evans didn't feel like the injury was too bad. But then again, Jordy Nelson jogged off the field after tearing his ACL, so it's impossible to tell from the eye test.
“I talked to him and he didn’t feel like it was that serious,’’ Smith said. “We wanted to get our (starters) into the second quarter and then get them out.’’
The 22-year old Evans caught 68 passes for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as a rookie. He has so far failed to register a single catch in the pre-season, missing on all five targets from Winston.