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Bucs’ Mike Evans, Ronald Jones miss practice Monday

Top receiver Evans left Sunday’s practice with discomfort in his left leg after catching a deep ball.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) during training camp at the Advent Health Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Aug. 19
Updated Aug. 19

TAMPA — Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans and running back Ronald Jones missed Monday’s practice, putting their status for this Friday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns into question.

Starters are slated to receive their most playing time of the preseason Week 3, so if they don’t play against the Browns, they might not play for the rest of the preseason.

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Bucs coach Bruce Arians said that the injuries are “nothing serious” and considers both players day-to-day. He added that he expects Jones to play, but is less certain about Evans.

“We have a few more days,” Arians said. "I think Ronald is probably going to be okay. I’m not sure about Mike.

Evans exited Sunday’s practice early when he was holding his left quad area after making a nice catch on a deep ball down the sideline. He did not participate in the drills open to media on Monday.

Jones sat out Monday because of swelling in his knee. Jones played seven snaps in Friday’s 16-14 win over the Dolphins — five on offense and two on special teams — and had two carries for 7 yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) on the field with his team during a joint practice with the Miami Dolphins during training camp at The Bucs' Advent Health Training Center, One Buccaneer Place, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times

Evans played nine snaps on Friday and 11 in the preseason opener in Pittsburgh and has yet to make a catch this preseason in his limited playing time. That’s why Friday’s game was slated to be Evans’ best tune-up for the regular season.

Rookie receiver Scotty Miller, who has missed the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury, returned to practice and participated in punt return drills, joining Bobo Wilson and fellow rookie Spencer Schnell as return men.

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Reserve linebacker Devante Bond missed practice for the first time and tight end Cameron Brate, safety Mike Edwards, defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter, outside linebacker Anthony Nelson, inside linebacker Lavonte David, defensive tackle Vita Vea, outside linebacker Kahzin Daniels, safety Justin Evans and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald also were out.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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