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Saints' Justin Evans: Gets chance in New Orleans
Evans (foot) signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Evans sat out the entire 2021 season while recovering from foot surgery, and he hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2018. The 2017 second-round pick will look to prove he can stay healthy in New Orleans.... See More ... See Less
Justin Evans: Cut by Bucs
Evans (foot) was waived from the PUP list due to a failed physical Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 25-year-old has been on the PUP list since late July due to foot surgery, and he won't be returning for the Buccaneers this season. It's unclear where Evans currently stands in his recovery.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Eyeing November return
Evans (foot) was placed on the reserve/PUP list Saturday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Evans has struggled to get healthy over the past two seasons, as his 2018 season ended with a foot injury and his 2019 campaign never started due to an Achilles injury. He's dealing with his 2018 foot injury again, however, and he'll need to wait until at least November to return to the lineup. Even when he's healthy, the 2017 second-round pick will likely be eased back into action, as it'll be his first time in a game in nearly two years. Antoine Winfield and Jordan Whitehead are expected to be the Buccaneers' starting safeties this season.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Lands on PUP list
The Bucs placed Evans (foot) on the PUP list Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
The 2017 second-round pick has dealt with a slew of lower-body injuries since midway through the 2018 campaign, with the most recent issue requiring foot/ankle surgery at some point last November or December. The team hoped to have him back for the start of training camp, but it appears he isn't quite ready. Jordan Whitehead and rookie second-round pick Antoine Winfield are the probable starting safeties in Tampa Bay, though Evans, Mike Edwards and Andrew Adams all are capable of making it a competition.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Likely for PUP list
Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that Evans (ankle/foot) is expected to be placed on the active/PUP list, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Arians said back in February that he had optimism for Evans to be cleared by June, but it looks as though he won't be ready for training camp. If the 2017 second-round pick were to shift to the reserve/PUP list to kick off the 2020 campaign, he would be required to miss the first six weeks of the season.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Possible June return
Head coach Bruce Arians hopes Evans (foot) will be cleared June 1, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Evans started the 2019 season on injured reserve due to an Achilles injury, and he was shut down for the year after undergoing surgery on his other foot -- the one that hampered him in the 2018 campaign. It's been a tough stretch for Evans, but he's almost in the clear and could participate in part of the offseason program. At the very least, the 24-year-old safety should be back in action by training camp.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Not returning in '19
Coach Bruce Arians confirmed Friday that Evans (Achilles) will not be activated off injured reserve this season, as he requires surgery on his other foot, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Evans' status for this season has seemingly been up in the air since the summer, when he sat out the final preseason game against the Cowboys with Achilles soreness. However, it's his other foot, the one that houses the troublesome toe that caused him to finish last season on injured reserve after 10 games, that is preventing his return in 2019. The third-year pro will now set his sights on a 2020 return.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Undergoes surgery
Evans underwent surgery to address his Achilles injury Monday, per his official Instagram account.
Evans will be eligible to return from IR later in the season, but it's worth noting that his recovery timetable has yet to be disclosed. The third-year safety will play a key role in Tampa Bay's secondary if he's able to retake the field this season.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Moves to IR
Evans (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Evans didn't play in the season opener due to the Achilles injury, which he's been battling since the final week of August. The 24-year-old will be eligible to return from IR after eight games.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: No go for Week 1
Evans (Achilles) is not expected to suit up for Sunday's regular-season opener against the 49ers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Evans is expected to be officially ruled out for Week 1. The third-year safety is working his way back from heel/toe/Achilles injuries that kept him sidelined for much of training camp, and a timetable for his full recovery remains undisclosed.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Absent from Wednesday's practice
Evans (Achilles) sat out of Wednesday's practice, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
Evans has an opportunity to start at strong safety in Week 1 versus the 49ers if he can overcome this Achilles injury, but the initial absence from practice doesn't bode well. Furthermore, it's more likely that he rotates in as a backup to Jordan Whitehead initially since Evans has missed so much training camp due to heel/toe/Achilles injuries. Evans has strong potential so he's one to keep an eye on, but he'll need to get on the practice field before he can prove himself.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Backup on first depth chart
Evans (Achilles) is listed as Jordan Whitehead's primary backup at free safety on the first Buccaneers' unofficial depth chart of the season, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The slotting isn't necessarily surprising despite Evans' history as a starter, considering he's had very limited on-field work leading into the regular season. Evans missed all of OTAs and training camp with foot and toe injuries, and then missed his one chance at playing this preseason due to Achilles soreness. Furthermore, Whitehead and rookie Mike Edwards (hamstring), the latter listed as the starter at strong safety, also had strong training camps. However, Vitali reports the versatile Evans could still log a Week 1 start at strong safety if he's able to overcome his health issues and Edwards is unable to suit up against the 49ers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Expected to see field Thursday
Evans is expected to get some snaps in Thursday's preseason tilt with Dallas, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Evans was activated from the PUP list Saturday after struggling with toe and foot injuries since last December. Laine also notes the 24-year-old was consistently present at practice and meetings throughout training camp to absorb the new defensive scheme, and now head coach Bruce Arians just wants him to "start getting his eyes trained in this defense." Thursday will be Evans' first game action since Dec. 2.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Held out with sore Achilles
Evans didn't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Cowboys due to a sore Achilles, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Evans was expected to see playing time in Tampa Bay's last preseason contest after missing time with a foot injury, but head coach Bruce Arians held the safety out Thursday. It's unclear if he'll be ready to play in the season opener Sept. 8 against San Francisco.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Activated from PUP list
Evans (toe) was activated from the PUP list Saturday, Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com reports.
Evans was able to pass a physical Saturday after being sidelined since he was placed on injured reserve due to a foot injury last December. The Buccaneers may continue to proceed cautiously and hold Evans out of their preseason finale against the Cowboys on Aug. 29, but the starting safety could return to game action in Week 1 of the regular season versus the 49ers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Making progress
Evans (toe) ran on the side with trainers during Tuesday's practice, Eduardo Encina of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Evans appears to be closing in on a return from the Active/PUP list after having been held out of practice since the beginning of training camp. It's a step in the right direction that Evans has resumed running, though it remains to be seen whether he'll get healthy in time to suit up for preseason action.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Close to returning
Evans (heel) is reportedly close to returning from the Active PUP list, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The Buccaneers are besieged by injury at the safety position at the moment, with Evans' absence qualifying as one of the most impactful. The third-year safety does seem to be making solid progress according to Laine's report, but a firm timetable for activation remains elusive at this time.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Starting camp on PUP list
Evans (heel) will start training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The third-year safety, who's started 19 games over his first two seasons, will thus be on the sidelines when the Buccaneers conduct their first training camp practice Friday afternoon. Evans finished the 2018 campaign on injured reserve with a toe issue, but it's the heel problem, which kept him out of OTAs and minicamp, that is responsible for his absence to start the official countdown to the regular season. Evans' PUP designation allows him to be activated and begin practicing at any point before final cutdowns at the end of preseason.... See More ... See Less
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