Bucs lose Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette to injuries in Sunday night’s game against the Saints

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were hit hard by the injury virus during the crucial NFC South game on Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints.

Wide receivers Chris Godwin (right knee) and Mike Evans (hamstrings) were forced out of the game in the first half and were sent off after half time. In the third quarter, running back Leonard Fournette left the game with a hamstring injury and was also quickly sent off. NFL media reports Godwin suffered an MCL sprain, which is unlikely to end his 2021 season.

The show doesn’t appear to show a specific game that Evans was injured in, but the NBC show reported that Evans came on the sidelines and indicated his hamstrings were bothering him, then returned to the pitch for another game, at the end of which he was visibly frustrated and threw his gloves at the fans. That’s when the Bucs announced his injury.

Godwin caught a third pass down midfield early in the second quarter and was immediately tackled by Saints cornerback PJ Williams. Williams went with a low blow on Godwin, appearing to hit the receiver straight in the knee. Replays showed Godwin’s knee bent in an awkward direction, and he remained on the pitch for a TV timeout.

Godwin was eventually able to get up and leave the field on his own, but he was immediately taken to the blue medical tent on the sidelines for further evaluation. He was replaced in the lineup on the next disc by Scotty Miller. Jaelon Darden joined Miller and Tyler Johnson on the pitch in three wide receiver sets, with Evans as well.

Godwin was at one point seen outside the tent, jogging along the sideline, apparently testing the knee. The NBC show reported that Godwin was attempting to sprint, cut and change direction, while discussing with coaches whether or not he would return to the game.

Godwin, 25, has been Tom Brady’s main target this season. He entered Sunday night’s game with 92 catches, second in the NFL behind only Cooper Kupp. He also had 1,054 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He’s playing on the franchise tag this season and could potentially hit free agency for the first time this winter.



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