Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told ESPN that wide receiver Mike Evans will play in Saturday night’s road playoff game against the Washington Football Team.
Evans was able to run without restriction Thursday and was determined to be a game-time decision.
Evans, 27, was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s 44-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons. An MRI exam afterward determined it to be a hyperextended left knee. No ligament damage was detected.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection has a record seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career but has never participated in a playoff game.
In his first season with Tom Brady at quarterback, Evans caught 70 passes for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns. A potential 14th touchdown catch went by the wayside on the play on which Evans was hurt last week. He lost his footing in the end zone and didn’t return to the game.
Cornerback Carlton Davis, also a game-time decision after missing two games with a groin injury, also reportedly is set to play.