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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans might have suffered a hyperextended left knee that forced him to head straight to the hospital for an MRI in Week 17, but the three-time Pro Bowler said he’s hopeful he can go into Sunday’s divisional playoff against the New Orleans Saints “closer to 100 percent.”
Evans gutted out a 119-yard performance in the Bucs’ wild-card win over Washington on Saturday.
“God is good,” Evans said. “I’m happy. I dodged a bullet there with the hyperextension. Training staff did a great job. Got a lot of rest. A lot of praying. And it worked out for me. I’m feeling fresher. Hopefully I can go into this game closer to 100 percent.”
Evans hyperextended his left knee just one play after becoming the first player in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons. Last year, Evans became just the second player to record 1,000 receiving yards in his first six seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
“It was painful,” Evans said. “I had a wide-open touchdown. I felt my leg slip a little bit,