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  • Saints' Justin Evans: Missing second straight meeting

    Evans (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Evans will now miss his second consecutive contest as a result of a shoulder injury. With fellow safety Marcus Maye (shoulder) also sidelined this weekend, Daniel Sorensen and Tyrann Mathieu are both in line to command New Orleans' starting safety spots versus Carolina.
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  • Saints' Justin Evans: Injures shoulder Saturday

    Evans (shoulder) is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Browns, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Evans logged two tackles before exiting at some point in the second half. With starting strong safety Marcus Maye (shoulder) already inactive Saturday, the Saints' secondary will be left extra short-handed for the time being.
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  • 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.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Toe injury no concern

    Evans, who was spotted in a walking boot at Tuesday's practice, is nursing a heel injury rather, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. The safety's prolonged rehab this offseason made it seem as if Evans had suffered a setback in his recovery from a toe injury that resulted in him landing on injured reserve in December, but it turns out his toe is fine. Instead, Evans is actually dealing with a separate issue to a different part of his foot, which necessitated surgery. Though he's currently donning a boot, Evans said he only expects to need the appendage for one or two more weeks. If that's the case, it's expected that Evans will be ready to go when training camp starts up in late July.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Spotted sporting boot

    Evans (toe) was in a walking boot on the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Evans appears to have suffered a setback with the toe injury that has had him sidelined since December of last year. Evans did not participate in OTAs, and his participation in minicamp appears unlikely.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Lands on IR

    Evans (toe) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com reports. Evans has dealt with a nagging toe injury since Week 10 and will ultimately miss the Buccaneers' final four games of the season as a result. Expect Andrew Adams to fill in at strong safety next to Jordan Whitehead during Evans' continued absence.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Won't play Sunday

    Evans (toe) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Evans was unable to practice in any capacity this week. The second-year safety will remain sidelined Week 14 as he continues to manage a lingering toe injury. With Isaiah Johnson (concussion) also ruled out, Andrew Adams could draw the start at strong safety.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Won't return Sunday

    Evans (toe) is ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Panthers due to a toe injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Evans sat out the Buccaneers' last two contests due to a toe issue, and now appears to have aggravated the injury. The second-year safety will sit out the remainder of Sunday's tilt against the Panthers, allowing Isaiah Johnson to slot into the starting lineup.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Limited in practice

    Evans (toe) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Evans was also limited in Wednesday's practice. The second-year safety has missed two straight games due to a lingering toe injury and is trending towards a questionable tag for Sunday's tilt against the Panthers. The extent of Evans' participation in Friday's practice should shed some light on his chances of suiting up Week 13.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Doesn't practice Wednesday

    Evans (toe) did not participate at Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Evans continues to deal with the toe injury sustained Week 10 and was wearing a protective boot on his right foot as recently as Monday. The 23-year-old's participation at practice the rest of the week should clarify his status for Sunday's game.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Racks up tackles in Week 8

    Evans recorded eight tackles (five solo) in the Buccaneers' Week 7 overtime win over the Browns. The starting strong safety was part of what was arguably the secondary's best effort of the season. Evans and his defensive backfield mates helped limit Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield to 215 yards passing, with an aggressive pass rush netting five sacks to support the cause. Given his position on the defense, Evans should continue to serve as a solid IDP option. He's now compiled 33 stops (26 solo) on the campaign.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Sees slot corner work Saturday

    Evans, who was credited with two solo tackles and pass breakup in Thursday's 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday, saw time as a slot corner in Saturday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. The move speaks to both the second-year player's athleticism and the team's lack of depth at the cornerback position at present. Vernon Hargreaves (groin) is facing a multiweek absence, while Brent Grimes has returned to practice but was still held out of team drills Saturday. Evans is listed as the starting free safety in the team's initial depth chart, but he displayed the ball skills during his two years at Texas A&M (11 pass breakups and five interceptions over 25 games) to potentially hang with slot wideouts down the field at the NFL level.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Could land on IR

    Evans (ankle) could be placed on injured reserve later this week, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. One of several Buccaneers players to exit Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons due to injury, Evans looks like he could be dealing with more than a minor ankle issue. With the Buccaneers out of playoff contention, there's little for the team to gain by running its starting safety out for the final two contests of the season at less than full health. If Evans is in fact shut down, Chris Conte and Keith Tandy could pick up more snaps in the secondary.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Out for rest of Monday's game

    The Buccaneers have officially ruled Evans (ankle) out for the remainder of Monday's game against the Falcons, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Evans left the game in the second quarter and was replaced at strong safety by Chris Conte. Expect an update on Evans' status later this week once the team has a chance to examine him more thoroughly.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Racks up stops in first start

    Evans, making his first career start in Thursday's 19-14 loss to the Patriots, racked up nine tackles (eight solo), an interception and two passes defensed. The 2017 second-round pick acquitted himself very well in his first starting assignment, with his pick of Tom Brady on an overthrown pass intended for Chris Hogan on the Patriots' first drive serving as the highlight of his night. Evans also proved himself a sure tackler and wasn't a liability in deep coverage, as New England's long completion on the night went for a modest 34 yards. Starting free safety Keith Tandy's (hip) status for Week 6 remains uncertain, leaving open the possibility for Evans to log a second straight start versus the Cardinals.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Plenty of snaps likely in preseason opener

    Evans is likely to see extended action during Friday's preseason opener versus the Bengals, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. As per head coach Dirk Koetter, Evans has started to increasingly show up on practice tape after a relatively quiet start to camp. The 2017 second-round pick is also in the process of being cross-trained for both safety positions after primarily playing free safety in college and thus far in camp, so he would certainly benefit from additional reps. Koetter also noted that the coaching staff is starting to monitor the snap counts of some of the veteran players a lot closer at this stage, which should also help open up snaps for the rookie in both practices and preseason contests.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Signs rookie contract

    Evans signed his rookie contract Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. The 2017 second-round pick arrives in Tampa with a playmaking reputation, having picked off five passes and defending another 11 over two college seasons at Texas A&M. Evans will compete with veterans Chris Conte, Keith Tandy and J.J. Wilcox for playing time and could also carve out a role as a kick or punt returner.
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  • Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Second-round pick for Tampa

    The Buccaneers selected Evans in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 50th overall. Evans (6-feet, 199 pounds) emerged as a playmaker for Texas A&M in 2016, finishing with 87 tackles and four interceptions in 13 games. That kind of tackle and turnover production bodes well for his IDP projection, as do his 41.5-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump from his pro day workout. If the snaps are here, so should the IDP viability, but Evans will need to beat Chris Conte for snaps.
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