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Arians: Mike Evans will be a game-time decision for Wild Card round

Tampa Bay’s WR1 avoided a major injury in Week 17 and has a chance to play in the first round of the playoffs.

Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is injured during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Thursday PM update: Coach Bruce Arians says that Evans will be a game-time decision on Saturday, per Carmen Vitali. This being a playoff game probably means that Evans will end up playing, but we can’t be 100 percent sold on his health.

Thursday AM update: Evans is at practice working with the team during the media portion, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. Working out on Thursday was the plan from the start, so he hasn’t had any setbacks. I’d expect him to be a game-time decision, but play against Washington.

Wednesday PM update: Evans did not get in a practice on Wednesday. His status remains up in the air for the Wild Card round.

Wednesday AM update: There is real optimism that Evans will be able to go this weekend against Washington, per Ian Rapoport. We’d still like to see a full practice for Evans, but unless he has a setback, he should play.

Tuesday PM update: Evans is listed as a full participant in the walkthrough, but wouldn’t have practiced if it were an actual practice, per NFL Network’s James Palmer. The original hope from coach Arians was that Evans would practice on Thursday.

Tuesday update: Evans was able to participate in the team’s Tuesday walkthrough, per Greg Auman. This is a good sign despite it just being a walkthrough. We’ll see what his estimated injury designation is, but we’d expect that participation means he’ll get a limited practice day.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 1 wide receiver Mike Evans has a hyperextended leg, but no structural damage, per the Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud. That’s good news for his ability to suit up in their Wild Card game against the Washington Football Team next Saturday.

Coach Bruce Arians says that Evans has little to no swelling and that if Mike Evans is 80% healthy by Saturday they will have to fight to keep him off the field, per Scott Smith.

The Buccaneers offense finally appears to be on track after a lot of inconsistency this season. On the season, they’ve averaged the third-most points per game with 30.8 and 40.7 points over the last three games.

Evans has been a big part of that scoring barrage, but so have Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown. That trio is scary when healthy and if Evans can be effective this week, they should be able to move the ball on a good Washington defense.