Buccaneer safety Justin Evans just can’t seem to catch a break. Evans who has been sidelined since last November with various toe and leg injuries was placed on the IR last week and now we are hearing that if Evans opts for surgery to repair his Achilles he may miss the season.
Evans had been on the PUP list for most of training camp and was put on the active roster the last week of August.
As the Bucs were beginning preparations for the 49ers, Evans was listed number one on the depth chart at safety. Evans then came up hobbling with an achilles injury and was placed on the IR when he didn’t show any improvement.
Evans will be required to miss eight games. When asked about Justin Evans at his press conference earlier this week, Arians said that his return depends on if Evans elects to have the achilles surgically repaired. Evans could then miss the entire season.
To replace Evans on the roster, the Bucs brought back Andrew Adams who played for the Bucs last season. Adams came in last September and quickly became the best player in the defensive backfield and led the Bucs with four interceptions.
The Bucs also had some roster movement along the offensive line cutting tackle Caleb Benenoch and signing tackle Josh Wells who most recently played with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Benenoch a fifth round pick in 2016 started 22 games in his Buccaneer career.
Wells a five year veteran started nine games for the Jaguars the last two seasons and will add depth to the tackle position.
In the last two weeks the Bucs have added Wells from the Jaguars, and tackle Jerald Hawkins in a trade with the Steelers.
Both Hawkins and Wells will back up Dotson and Smith along the offensive line.