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Bucs place receiver Mike Evans, safety Jordan Whitehead on injured reserve

Evans was named to the Pro Bowl team but sustained a season-ending hamstring injury against the Colts.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) talks to quarterback Jameis Winston (3) on the sideline before a preseason game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) talks to quarterback Jameis Winston (3) on the sideline before a preseason game. [ MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Dec. 18, 2019

TAMPA — Mike Evans’ next game may be at the Pro Bowl, but he won’t play again this season for the Bucs. Evans and safety Jordan Whitehead, who both have hamstring injuries, were placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

It’s a tough break for the Bucs, who already are expected to be without receiver Chris Godwin for Saturday’s game against the Texans.

Godwin was injured in Sunday’s 38-17 win at Detroit. Both Evans and Godwin were named to the NFC Pro Bowl team Tuesday.

Evans had 67 catches for 1,157 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games. He injured his hamstring making a 61-yard touchdown catch against the Colts.

Whitehead improved steadily during the season and was asked to do a lot of things in Todd Bowles’ defense. He finished with 68 tackles, including four for a loss, and one interception.

“It’s tough. Jordan was having a solid year,” Bowles said. “He got better each week and he was probably one of the hardest workers I’ve seen on our team and probably made one of the most significant jumps from the beginning of the year until the time he got hurt. His timing was better, his technique was better, his understanding of what we were trying to do got better. It’s tough to lose a guy like that, but we’ve got to have the next man up mentality so we’ve got to have people ready to play.”