Bucs’ Godwin out, Evans questionable vs. Bears
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without one of their Pro Bowl wide receivers for Thursday’s game against the host Chicago Bears, while the other is listed as questionable.
Chris Godwin was ruled out Wednesday and will miss his second game with a hamstring injury for the Bucs (3-1), who also ruled out running back LeSean McCoy (ankle) and wide receiver Justin Watson (shoulder).
Wide receiver Mike Evans was listed as questionable to face the Bears (3-1) after working through an ankle injury sustained in the first quarter of Sunday’s 38-31 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Evans, 27, leads the team in catches (17) and touchdowns (five), while fellow wideout Scotty Miller — who is questionable with hip and groin injuries — has a club-best 250 yards receiving.
Godwin, 24, has 11 catches with 143 receiving yards and a touchdown this season. He’s coming off a breakout season that saw him haul in 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.
Running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) was listed as doubtful for Tampa Bay, which likely will rely on Ronald Jones II and rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn out of the backfield.
Jones leads the team in carries (57) and rushing yards (253), while Vaughn had a touchdown reception versus the Chargers.
Chicago safety Deon Bush was ruled out against Tampa Bay after sustaining a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 19-11 loss versus Indianapolis.
Fellow safety and special teams player Sherrick McManis is listed as doubtful with an ailing hamstring.
Rookie wide receiver Darnell Mooney has been declared as questionable for Thursday’s game with a shoulder injury.
–Field Level Media