Mike Evans and Chris Godwin had historic seasons for the Buccaneers in 2019, finishing the season as one of the most productive wide receiver duos in league history. For their efforts, they were both rewarded with 2020 Pro Bowl honors.
Unfortunately, both guys ended their years with hamstring injuries, so it’s not surprising that they will sit out Sunday’s game in Orlando. As reported by Greg Auman of The Athletic, the two receivers are still recovering from their season-ending injuries, leaving outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett as the only Buc available to play this weekend.
Like Mike Evans, Bucs receiver Chris Godwin isn't fully recovered from his hamstring injury and won't be able to play in the Pro Bowl this week in Orlando. Great honor for both, but OLB Shaq Barrett will be lone Buc actually playing on Sunday.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 20, 2020
It obviously makes sense for Evans and Godwin to skip the game, as it’s ultimately a meaningless exhibition. The recovery process is rightfully taking priority, plus the recognition will always be there for the two.
After the seasons they both had, they certainly deserve to be categorized with the game’s best. Evans finished the year with 67 catches for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 17.3 yards per catch. Godwin had an even better year, hauling in 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine scores, posting 15.5 yards per catch.
It would’ve been fun to see Evans play in his third Pro Bowl and even more of a joy to see Godwin take the field for his first, but this surely won’t be the last nod for either guy.
Sunday’s game will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, which is a short trip up I-4 for fans in Tampa. But if you’re sticking around at home and want to tune in to see Barrett make his first Pro Bowl appearance, the broadcast can be found on ESPN and ABC. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m.