Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans Exits Concussion Protocol

Buccaneers leading receiver Mike Evans has passed a final examination and finished the league's concussion protocol, clearing him to play on Sunday.


Wide receiver Mike Evans, who leads the NFL with eight touchdown catches, will be able to play on Sunday against Chicago after exiting the concussion protocol on Thursday.

Evans was evaluated for a concussion late in last Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons. He then entered the league's concussion protocol but made steady progress through its steps. Evans practiced on Monday and Wednesday and then passed one final examination before being fully cleared on Thursday.

Evans caught a career-high 11 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in that loss to the Falcons. At the season's midway point, he has 55 receptions for 745 yards and those eight scores, making him the only player in the league to rank in the top five in all three categories.

The third-year receiver is also the clear top target in Tampa Bay's passing attack. He has more than double the next highest receiving-yardage total on the team (Adam Humphries, 337) and has accounted for 44.4% of the team's 18 touchdown receptions.

Starting quarterback Jameis Winston (knee) and top tailback Doug Martin (hamstring) are also on the Buccaneers' Week 10 injury report. Winston has practiced without limitations this week while Martin has returned to the practice field, in limited fashion on Wednesday, for the first time since Week Two.




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