Bucs-Bears inactives: Evans, Fournette both active originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Bears will have to contend with Mike Evans Thursday night after all.
Evans, who was questionable with an ankle injury, was not among the players announced as inactive 90 minutes before Thursday night's Bears-Bucs game. Evans has 17 catches for 230 yards with a league-leading five touchdowns this year and has not had fewer than 1,000 yards in any of his six seasons in the NFL.
There were no surprises among the Bears' inactives: Safeties Deon Bush and Sherrick McManis are both out with injuries, while healthy scratches were offensive lineman Arlington Hambright, defensive lineman Daniel McCullers, wide receiver Riley Ridley and outside linebacker Trevis Gipson. Wide receiver Darnell Mooney, who was officially questionable, will play Thursday night.
It was surprising, though, that the Bucs will have running back Leonard Fournette, who was doubtful coming into Thursday night. Wide receiver Chris Godwin and running back LeSean McCoy were notable among Tampa Bay's inactives.