Evans leaves preseason game with hamstring strain

AP

It’s the summer of the hamstring injury across the NFL, and Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans is the latest to be affected by it.

Evans left Monday night’s preseason game vs. the Bengals with what the team called a hamstring strain. Because it’s the preseason and because the Bucs play again in five nights, even if Evans was OK and cleared to return to a real game he won’t return to this one.

Evans, who just turned 22, caught 68 passes for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as a rookie. With Jameis Winston now in as the Bucs’ quarterback of the present and future, Evans is one of the Bucs’ most important players and could become one of the league’s top receivers.

Winston and Evans just missed hooking up on a deep ball down the middle in the first quarter Monday. He was targeted twice but did not have a catch.