Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin was forced to leave the team’s Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, with a right knee injury. Wide receiver Mike Evans later left the game as well, with a hamstring injury. Buccaneers PR announced Evans as doubtful to return and Godwin as questionable, before they were downgraded to out following halftime.
The broadcast did not appear to show a specific play on which Evans was injured, but the NBC broadcast reported that Evans came to the sideline and indicated that his hamstring was bothering him, then came back on the field for another play, at the conclusion of which he was visibly frustrated and threw his gloves to the fans. It was at that point that the Bucs announced his injury.
Godwin caught a third-down pass over the middle of the field early in the second quarter, and was immediately tackled by Saints cornerback P.J. Williams. Williams went with a low hit on Godwin, appearing to hit the receiver directly in the knee. Replays showed Godwin’s knee bending in an awkward direction, and he remained down on the field through a TV timeout.
Godwin was eventually able to stand up and walk off the field under his own power, but he was immediately taken into the blue medical tent on the sideline for further evaluation. He was replaced in the lineup on the following drive by Scotty Miller. Jaelon Darden joined Miller and Tyler Johnson on the field in three wide receiver sets, with Evans also out.
Godwin was at one point seen outside the tent, jogging along the sideline, seemingly testing out the knee. The NBC broadcast reported that Godwin was attempting to sprint, cut, and change directions, while discussing with trainers whether or not he…