Mike Evans is out of the concussion protocol

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The Buccaneers may get running back Doug Martin back in the lineup this weekend, which would be a nice change for a running back corps that’s gotten used to losing running backs to injury over the course of this season.

If Martin does get the green light, it looks like he’ll be sharing the field with wide receiver Mike Evans. The team announced on Thursday that Evans has passed the final tests needed for clearance from the league’s concussion protocol. Barring any recurrence of symptoms or unrelated calamity, that clears the way for Evans to take the field against the Bears.

Evans sustained the concussion on a big hit by Falcons safety Keanu Neal during last Thursday’s game between the teams. While the Bucs lost the game, Evans was having a good game before getting hurt and finished the evening with 11 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

That gave Evans eight touchdown catches on the year, which leaves him with the most in the league heading into the matchup with Chicago.

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