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Mike Evans injury: Buccaneers "optimistic" but game-time decision

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UPDATE: Chris Mortensen's not as optimistic.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are optimistic about Mike Evans playing today but will make the final call at game time, according to Ian Rapoport. Evans is recovering from a preseason hamstring strain that kept him out of practice and the last two preseason games. He missed all but the Friday practice this week, but he was optimistic

If Evans plays, he'll still be limited by his hamstring and is unlikely to be 100%, but he still has a good chance to have a big game against the Titans today. Their top cornerback Jason McCourty almost certainly won't play, while the number two cornerback Perrish Cox is listed as questionable with a hip injury. Either way, Evans and Vincent Jackson should have a fairly easy time of it against Tennessee.

The Bucs play the Titans at 4:25 p.m. ET, which means we'll have the final list of actives and inactives at 2:55 p.m. That's when we'll know definitively whether Evans will suit up, but it's looking good for now.