Injury roundup: Bucs’ Mike Evans expected to play vs. Saints


After being upgraded from doubtful to questionable on Saturday’s injury report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (hamstring) is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints barring a setback, sources tell NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Evans may be on a snap count, Rapoport adds, but there is now optimism for him to be on the field in New Orleans for the season opener.

Evans finished last season with 67 receptions for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games played.

The availability of Evans is a good sign for Brady, who looks to make a splash in his debut as the Bucs’ quarterback. While Evans only represents half of Tampa Bay’s dynamic duo of wideouts, his presence alone may ensure some favorable matchups for teammate Chris Godwin. The same goes for the Bucs’ tight end trio of Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, who will all be featured in head coach Bruce Arians’ 12-personnel sets this season.

The Bucs will still have a tough match ahead against the defending NFC South champion Saints, but having Evans on the field will only help Brady & Co.’s cause for a takeover.

Detroit Lions linebacker Jamie Collins was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears for unsportsmanlike conduct after making contact with a referee.

Tensions between Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles seem to be on the rise, putting more uncertainty on the tight end’s future in Philly.

Trent Brown (calf) was ruled out against the Panthers after suffering an injury in the first quarter. Here are the other injuries we’re monitoring around the league on Sunday.

The full inactive reports for each Sunday game for Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.

All players and coaches have passed their COVID-19 tests from Saturday morning and should be good to go for Sunday, pending the stadium health checks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

The 49ers placed Deebo Samuel on injured reserve Saturday, the team announced. Samuel is dealing with a Jones fracture he suffered in June. 

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders is out for Sunday’s season opener against the host Washington Football Team due to a hamstring injury. 

After a week in which he was limited twice and a non-participant once at practice, Vic Beasley (knee) was ruled out Saturday for Monday’s season opener against the Broncos. 

New Orleans restructured DT Sheldon Rankins contract to the tune of converting $6 million of his guaranteed base salary to a bonus to clear $4 million in cap space, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Saturday morning. 

Some teams still want to pay running backs. The Saints and Alvin Kamara reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension worth $75 million,
Ian Rapoport reports. 

Running back Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a five-year, $63 million extension, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. The deal will see Cook get $28 million guaranteed. 

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