Bucs place S Justin Evans on short-term IR

Luke Easterling

After an injury-riddled 2018 season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety will have to wait even longer to finally hit the field.

Evans was placed on injured reserve Monday, and won't be eligible to return for eight weeks:

A second-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft out of Texas A&M, Evans has flashed playmaking ability when healthy. Unfortunately for the Bucs, he has been injured for much of his tenure in Tampa Bay up to this point.

Thankfully, the Bucs added plenty of safety depth this offseason, and added veteran help like Darian Stewart during the preseason.

Still, it's a frustrating situation for a talented defender in Evans, who will have to wait another half a season to make an impact for the Bucs defense.