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Mike Evans returns to practice on Friday ahead of Week 12 vs. Colts, cleared for Sunday’s game

We break down the news that Mike Evans is dealing with a back injury heading into Week 12 vs. the Colts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) reacts after catching a pass in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium.  Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Friday update: Evans doesn’t carry an injury designation for Sunday’s Week 12 game against the Colts after logging a full practice Friday.

Friday update: Evans was able to return to practice on Friday and coach Arians said he “looked good.” I’d say this puts him back on track to play in Week 12.

Update: Evans was not seen at the team’s open portion of practice, indicating he’s likely not out there Thursday. That’s back-to-back missed practices for Evans, which likely leads to him ending up on the injury report barring a full practice Friday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers conducted a walkthrough practice on Wednesday and wide receiver Mike Evans was held out due to back issues, per Greg Auman. He briefly left Monday’s game against the Giants seemingly in some pain, and it’s possible this is related to that issue.

Fantasy football implications

A walkthrough DNP for a relatively normal week — one less day due to MNF — is not something to worry about. Even if Evans is a DNP on Thursday, it’s not a big problem. He could play with three DNPs, and if he gets in a limited on Friday, fantasy managers will be in good shape heading into the weekend.

Evans led the Bucs with six receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown on Monday Night Football. This weekend, the Bucs face a Colts defense that gives up the fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. It’s a solid matchup, but keep an eye on Evans’ status the rest of the week.