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Bucs' Evans, Jenkins leave practice following passing drill

A one-on-one passing drill ended the day for two valuable Bucs' players.

Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans, the Bucs' first-round draft pick, and cornerback Mike Jenkins were injured early in the first organized team activity workout Tuesday.

Evans "tweaked'' his left hamstring and Jenkins had the wind knocked out of him on the play, head coach Lovie Smith said. Neither player returned to practice.

"Injuries are a part of it,'' coach Lovie Smith said. "Mike Evans today tweaked his hamstring a little bit. Things like that will come up from time to time. That's just part of the off-season program. Vincent Jackson has a little tweaked hamstring also. Those guys will eventually get back out there on the football field.

Evans participated in the Bucs rookie minicamp Fri-Sun. Earlier in the week, he suffered from dehydration during conditioning and vomited.

"I struggled with the heat last week,'' Smith said. "In Chicago, I hear it snowed last week, so that heat, it takes awhile to get used to.

"It's not what you want, but from my experience, it doesn't matter. If you're a rookie coming in, you don't know the pace. In the end, a lot of the guys, I'm talking about rookies coming in, they're doing a lot of traveling. They're not in the best shape. That's universal around the league. Some guys do get tweaks from time to time. So whether that's a part of it, I just know he got here last Tuesday, we went straight through (to Sunday). There's a lot of reps he got. Again, it's nothing serious. Nothing major with it. And in time he'll be back out there.

"As much as anything, what a rookie needs right now is mental reps as much as the physical part of it.''

Jenkins, a free agent from the Raiders, had the wind knocked out of him, according to Smith.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 5:20pm]


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