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Mike Evans OUT for Buccaneers vs. Titans

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to play their first game of the 2015 NFL season without wide receiver Mike Evans, who is out with a hamstring injury he suffered in the preseason according to Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network. Evans was able to practice on Friday, but Lovie Smith is always cautious with hamstrings and apparently prefers to sit Evans for a week to further heal.

Without Evans, Louis Murphy will be the team's second receiver and Russell Shepard and Adam Humphries will both get snaps as the third and fourth receivers. This would ordinarily be a pretty big hit to Tampa Bay's offensive capabilities, but Tennessee's secondary is completely depleted with their top two cornerbacks unlikely to line up. Even without Evans, the Bucs should be able to pass the ball on that secondary.

The offensive line's performance in protecting Jameis Winston will be a lot more important for the Bucs' offense today. We'll get to see how they do at 4:25 p.m. today.