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Mike Evans injury: Buccaneers receiver out two to three weeks

Mike Evans is out two or three weeks with a groin injury for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to be without rookie receiver Mike Evans for two to three weeks, according to Ian Rapoport. Evans injured his groin in last night's victory over the Steelers, but the Bucs still managed a comeback victory without the rookie.

Mike Evans was having a breakout game before his injury, with four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown and poised to catch another big pass, before pulling up with a hamstring injury.

Louis Murphy is likely to replace Evans, who managed six catches for 99 yards in relief of Evans yesterday, including a 41-yarder to set up the Bucs' game-winning touchdown. Rookie Robert Herron should get an expanded role in the passing game, with special-teamer Russell Shepard as yet another candidate for a few touches in a game.

But losing their second-best receiver will certainly hurt the Bucs, especially given the fact that Vincent Jackson is playing through a broken wrist. Fortunately for them, they face a weak New Orleans Saints defense next Sunday.