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Bucs Promote Ishmael Hyman to Boost Thin Receiving Corps

Rookie WR Ishmael Hyman has been called up from the practice squad to aid a Bucs' wide receiver position that is likely to be without Mike Evans in Detroit.


A couple of balky hamstrings have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hamstrung at wide receiver in Week 15, so the team made a roster move on Tuesday to restore some depth to the position. The Buccaneers promoted rookie wide receiver Ishmael Hyman from the practice squad, opening a spot on the 53-man roster by placing running back T.J. Logan on injured reserve.

The Buccaneers needed help at receiver after Mike Evans pulled up with a hamstring injury at the end of a 61-yard touchdown reception on Sunday against Indianapolis. On Monday, Head Coach Bruce Arians said it was "doubtful" that Evans would be ready to go by the following weekend in Detroit. In addition, rookie wide receiver Scotty Miller has missed the last two games with a hamstring strain, too, and his availability for the upcoming week of practice is not yet known.

Hyman's promotion allows the Buccaneers to go into Detroit with four available receivers even if Evans and Miller are ruled out. He joins Chris Godwin, the NFL's second-leading receiver in terms of yardage and touchdowns, plus Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson, who combined for 129 yards and two touchdowns after Evans' injury on Sunday.

Logan's season officially comes to an end five days after it essentially did so when he fractured a thumb fielding punts in practice last Friday. Logan had been returning punts and kickoffs for the Buccaneers but Watson took over the former job while Dare Ogunbowale filled in on the latter.

Hyman (6-0, 196) first signed to Tampa Bay's practice squad in Week Four. He was undrafted out of James Madison in 2017 but later played for the Orlando Apollos in the Alliance of American Football. Hyman helped James Madison win an FCS title in 2016.

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