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Chris Godwin, Justin Watson out, Mike Evans, Scotty Miller questionable for TNF

The Bucs could be shorthanded at wide receiver on Thursday in Week 5. We break down the injury report.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans talks with wide receiver Scott Miller in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday update II: Chris Godwin and Justin Watson have been ruled out, while Mike Evans and Scotty Miller are questionable to play on TNF, per The Score’s Chris Emma. Both Miller and Evans played last week at less than 100 percent, and did well, so that’s what fantasy managers will need to hope for again this week. Watson had six targets last week. We could see rookie Tyler Johnson get into the action this week.

Wednesday update: Evans, Godwin, Miller and Watson were all absent from practice once again today, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Their final designations haven’t come out yet, but this isn’t the greatest news for the Buccaneers or for fantasy player rostering Bucs receivers. We know that Godwin is probably out, but the rest could have varying designations going into tomorrow night’s game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the Chicago Bears on a short week and could be significantly shorthanded. The two teams square off on Week 5 Thursday Night Football, and halfway through the short week, the Bucs top four wide receivers are not practicing.

Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scott Miller, and Justin Watson were all listed as DNPs on Monday, and will be DNPs once again on Tuesday, per Greg Auman. Some or all of them could end up playing on Thursday, but all four could be game-time decisions.

Godwin is the least likely to play having missed last week with a hamstring injury. He did not practice at all last week, so another week of no practice would not bode well. Evans injured his ankle on Sunday and was clearly hobbled. His status would also seem significantly questionable.

A short week requires adjustments you wouldn’t otherwise make for a normal Sunday game, so it will be something to keep an eye on heading into Thursday. If Evans and/or Godwin plays, they’re worth a fantasy start, but be wary of the injuries.