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Mike Evans cleared to play against Bears after concussion

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the services of wide receiver Mike Evans on Sunday. The team announced today that the star receiver passed a final concussion test today, clearing him for the game against the Chicago Bears.

Evans leads the league with eight touchdowns, and his 55 catches for 745 yards both rank in the top five in the NFL. He’s on pace for the best year of his career, and has been the lone consistent bright spot on the entire Bucs team this season. He’s also been the team’s only consistently productive receiving target, drawing a lot of extra attention from defenses throughout the season.

The Bucs will have a bit of a problem figuring out who to start opposite Evans, though. Cecil Shorts has started the past couple of games and played most of the snaps, but has all of one catch for 20 yards during that time. Russell Shepard has been more productive, but the Bucs are reluctant to give the special teams ace a lot of playing time.