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Bucs' Mike Evans, Dashon Goldson leave with injuries

Mike Evans makes a touchdown catch in front of Cortez Allen of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter. [Getty Images]
Mike Evans makes a touchdown catch in front of Cortez Allen of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter. [Getty Images]
Published Sep. 28, 2014

Even as the Bucs got four key players back from injury Sunday to help pull out a wild 27-24 win over the Steelers, Tampa Bay is now dealing with injuries to two additional starters.

Rookie WR Mike Evans, who caught his first NFL touchdown pass on the opening drive, left the game with a groin injury. And veteran safety Dashon Goldson had a boot on his left foot after the game, having left early with an ankle injury.

The injury forced Evans to pull up in the middle of a deep route, which made for an easy interception by Cortez Allen at the Steelers' 11-yard line.

"Just a little tweak — it hurt, and I couldn't run," said Evans, who added he didn't know the severity of the injury. "I should have grabbed him so he couldn't get the pick. That's what I was most angry about."

Veteran safety Major Wright filled in for Goldson, finishing with nine tackles after totaling two in the first three games.

"I was going in on a tackle and somebody landed on it," Goldson said of his ankle. "I felt it a little bit but stayed in, tried to play and see if it went away. It lingered a little bit. They haven't told me anything."

The Bucs did get back four key starters who had missed the previous game with injuries: DT Gerald McCoy, RB Doug Martin, DE Michael Johnson and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.