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Bucs Waive/Injured S Justin Evans

The Bucs have parted ways with S Justin Evans, a 2017 second-round pick who hasn't played since 2018 due to lingering foot issues…Tampa Bay also brought WR Josh Pearson back to the practice squad after Josh Rosen signed with the 49ers


Safety Justin Evans' time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has come to an end.

The Buccaneers waived/injured Evans after a failed physical, closing out a four-year run that began when the former Texas A&M star was drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round in 2017. Tampa Bay also re-signed rookie wide receiver Josh Pearson to the practice squad after quarterback Josh Rosen was signed off that crew to the San Francisco 49ers' active roster.

Evans showed promise as a rookie, starting 11 games and intercepting three passes, but a foot injury sustained in 2018 derailed his Buccaneer career. He played in 10 games that season but ended the campaign on injured reserve and then started training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list in 2019, eventually ending up on injured reserve. This year, Evans once again started training camp on the active/PUP list and then was moved to the reserve/PUP list to start the season. He was eligible to return after six weeks but never did make it back on the field.

In all, Evans played in 24 games with 21 starts for the Buccaneers, recording 125 tackles, four interceptions, eight passes defensed and one fumble recovery, which he returned 68 yards for a touchdown.

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