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Bucs' first-round pick notches first injury

TAMPA — A one-on-one passing drill ended the day for two valuable players.

Texas A&M WR Mike Evans, the Bucs' first-round draft pick, and free agent CB 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, coach Lovie Smith said. Neither returned to practice.

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

Evans participated in rookie minicamp last weekend. 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 a while 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."

GOLDSON PROGRESSING: S Dashon Goldson continues to rehab from a foot injury he said he sustained during the season. The two-time Pro Bowl player had an offseason procedure and said his rehab is a "day-to-day thing."

"Right now I'm just seeing how fast I get back," Goldson said after watching Tuesday's practice. "I'm not trying to rush anything."

Although Goldson hasn't been able to practice, he said he likes what he has seen from Smith and the new coaching staff and free-agent secondary additions Jenkins and Alterraun Verner. "The guys are responding pretty well," Goldson said. "I think we're on to something here."

SIGNED: After not signing any of 23 tryouts from a three-day rookie minicamp, the Bucs signed former Cowboys and Browns QB Alex Tanney and undrafted rookie TE Cameron Brate of Harvard after a workout Tuesday.

Times staff writers Greg Auman and Matt Baker contributed to this report.

Bucs' first-round pick notches first injury 05/20/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:39pm]
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