A pair of Buccaneers wideouts trended in opposite directions on Thursday.
Tampa Bay is set to defend their NFC South crown once again, and with training camp underway, they got both encouraging and not so encouraging news from a pair of their wideouts.
Returning from an ACL tear, Chris Godwin is back on the field and participating in positional drills, but there’s no timetable for a return to full-contact practice just yet. On the other side, Mike Evans is dealing with a seemingly minor leg injury, the extent of which is not yet known.
Wide receiver health might be a concern for Tampa Bay as they progress through training camp. The Buccaneers’ wide receiver corps also added oft-injured wideout Julio Jones to its ranks in July, while Breshad Perriman suffered a leg injury himself earlier this week.
Here’s the latest on Godwin and Evans:
— Wide receiver Chris Godwin, coming back from an ACL injury, returned to practice on Friday afternoon, participating in positional work as he works his way back.
This news bodes well for Godwin and the Buccaneers: The wideout suffered an ACL tear and an MCL sprain in Week 15 (Dec. 19, 2021) vs. the Saints, and should start practicing in full in the coming weeks.
Head coach Todd Bowles said after practice that the plan is to take it one step at a time with Godwin, not committing to a timeline for Godwin taking team drills and full contact.
“We’re not going to rush him, we’re just glad to see hime out there working right now,” Bowles said.
— On the other side of the coin, Godwin’s longtime running mate Mike Evans suffered a seeming hamstring injury during practice.
Bowles said that didn’t have any new information on Evans yet, just that the wideout may have “tweaked the hamstring” during practice.
Evans is no stranger to injuries, suffering multiple hamstring issues throughout his career, including one in 2021.