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Bucs to sit WR Mike Evans for rest of preseason with hamstring injury

TAMPA, Fla. - Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is expected to miss the rest of the preseason with a hamstring injury, coach Lovie Smith said.

Evans suffered the injury in the first half of Monday night's victory over Cincinnati and did not return to the game.

"I know right now Mike Evans probably won't play anymore for the rest of the preseason," Smith said. "We'll probably keep him out. You guys know how I am about the hamstring; it takes a while."

Evans had 68 catches for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rookie last year. He and Vincent Jackson became the first pair of receivers in franchise history to have 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.

Smith said the goal is to have Evans ready for the start of the regular season.

"If a guy has a hamstring injury, he's going to be out a while," Smith said. "Significant how long: I could have come up here and said day to day, which most people do with hamstring injuries. It doesn't work like that. He injured his hamstring. He's not going to play this week, and he probably won't play the following week. We'll take every precaution with hamstrings always."

Additionally, cornerback Leonard Johnson suffered an ankle injury Monday night and won't play in Saturday's game against Cleveland, Smith said.

Jameis Winston rolled his ankle against the Bengals, but Smith said the rookie quarterback is fine. Smith said Winston needs all the work he can get in order to be prepared for the regular season.

"We took steps last night," Smith said. "But there is still a lot. He's still an inexperienced quarterback. There are a lot of things he would like to see. Even last night, he wanted to stay in the game. He was having a lot of fun. So, yes, Jameis will continue to play in the preseason."