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Bucs receiver Chris Godwin exits game with hamstring injury

Tampa Bay was down to three healthy receivers after losing Godwin for the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) stiff arms Detroit Lions defensive back Tracy Walker (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Detroit.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) stiff arms Detroit Lions defensive back Tracy Walker (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Detroit. [ PAUL SANCYA | AP ]
Published Dec. 15, 2019

DETROIT — Already without wideout Mike Evans, the Bucs lost Chris Godwin, the other half of the team’s 1,000-yard receiving duo in the second half of Sunday’s game in Detroit.

Godwin, who had already recorded his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season, left Sunday's game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.

If Godwin's breakout season ended at Ford Field on Sunday, it would make for a premature end to a season that seemed destined to end with a 100-catch season.

Godwin ranks second in the league with 1,333 receiving yards on 86 catches. His nine touchdown catches are tied for second in the NFL.

He had five catches for 121 yards Sunday before exiting. Though Godwin didn't get into the end zone, his 51-yard catch in the first quarter was the Bucs' longest pass play of the game and set up a touchdown.

Godwin fell to the ground while running a deep route upfield, and remained on the ground for several minutes while team athletic trainer attended to him. He walked off the field under his own power, but left the field for further evaluation.

Evans injured his hamstring at the end of a 61-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter of the Bucs’ 38-35 win over the Colts. While it appears that Evans will miss the end of the season, the Bucs remain hopeful he could return before season’s end.

Without Evans, Godwin and rookie Scotty Miller, who also left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, the Bucs were down to three healthy receivers: Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson and Ishmael Hyman. Hyman was just promoted from the practice squad and made his NFL debut on Sunday.

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