Mike Evans leaves game after suffering hamstring injury on touchdown catch

Eric HeYahoo Sports Contributor

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans left Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a hamstring injury while scoring a touchdown.

He appeared to sustain the injury while scoring a 61-yard touchdown late in the first quarter that gave Tampa a 14-10 lead.

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Evans ran past Colts cornerback Pierre Desir to catch the long pass from quarterback Jameis Winston, but pulled his hamstring short of the end zone. He limped in for the score, but tossed the ball away in frustration before being attended to and heading to the locker room.

The 26-year-old is having another prolific season for the Buccaneers, in the midst of his sixth straight 1,000-plus yard receiving campaign. Evans entered Sunday’s game with seven touchdowns, 66 receptions and 1,096 yards through 12 games. He has not missed more than one game a season in his career.

If the injury is serious, the Buccaneers would lose one of their two major receiving threats. Evans came into the game third in the league in receiving yards, trailing teammate Chris Godwin. When he scored the touchdown, Evans surpassed 1,100 yards — making him and Godwin the first pair of Buccaneers teammates to each catch for more than 1,100 yards in a season.

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