Report: Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans (groin) out 2-3 weeks

Monday September 29th, 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is expected to miss two to three weeks with a groin injury,'s Ian Rapoport reports.

Evans left Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter after he injured his groin. He had four catches for 65 yards and one touchdown before the injury.

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The 21-year-old rookie was the No. 7 pick in the 2014 draft out of Texas A&M. In four games this season, he has 17 catches for 203 yards and one touchdown.

After the game, Evans told Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times he was unsure how serious the injury was.

"Just a little tweak — it hurt, and I couldn't run," said Evans, who added he didn't know the severity of the injury. "I should have grabbed him so he couldn't get the pick. That's what I was most angry about."

This is not the first injury of Evans' rookie season. During Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, he was injured and remained on the ground after making a 29-yard catch with around 10 seconds left on the clock. Because the Buccaneers were out of timeouts, the 10-second run-off rule was enforced and the game ended.

Tampa Bay overcame a 17-10 halftime deficit by scoring 17 second-half points, including the game's final 10 points. Quarterback Mike Glennon completed 21 of 42 passes for 302 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Tampa Bay.

The Bucs are 1-3 and play the New Orleans Saints on the road on Sunday. Tampa Bay then plays the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 12 before its Week 7 bye. 

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