Bucs' Evans hurts knee a play after setting mark

2:16 PM ET

TAMPA, Fla. — In a matter of seconds, the elation of becoming the first NFL player to record 1,000 receiving yards in his first seven seasons turned to agony as Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, a three-time Pro Bowler, fell to the turf, writhing in pain after hyperextending his left knee in the end zone.

“I think the life in the stadium really just got sucked out of it,” wide receiver and close friend Chris Godwin said. “And I think that’s really when you really see how important Mike is to this team, this organization and to this city.”

Evans didn’t get to celebrate the milestone with his coaches and teammates on the sideline, instead limping off the field and onto a cart once inside the tunnel. He then left the stadium — where his face has been etched on its facade the last several years — to undergo an MRI, two sources close to the situation told ESPN.

“It meant the world for him to get that record and then to have an easy touchdown — the turf was really slick in the end zones and it was just a freaky thing,” said

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