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Report: Mike Evans has no structural damage to his knee

Buccaneers lose their WR1 in Week 17, but there is some optimism for his playoff status.

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UPDATE: Evans’ MRI revealed no structural damage, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. They’ll need to see how he responds, but he hasn’t been ruled out for the first round of the playoffs.

UPDATE: Coach Bruce Arians is optimistic that Mike Evans didn’t suffer any serious damage:

UPDATE: Evans is already on his way to get an MRI, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. With a playoff game next week, the Buccaneers want to know if Evans will miss time and want to know quickly.

UPDATE: Evans will not return with a knee injury, per the team. There is no report on the severity of the injury yet, but being ruled out so quickly is concerning.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star wide receiver Mike Evans became the first player in NFL history to start his career with seven straight 1,000 yard seasons. But, soon after he set that record, he ended up dropping a touchdown and landing awkwardly on his leg. He tried to get up, but went back down and is now being helped to the locker room, per Ben Volin.