Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans suffered a knee injury against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 17 that almost cost him his first playoff appearance. But Tom Brady had a reaction to the injury that pleasantly surprised the Bucs wideout.
Speaking to the media this week, Evans revealed that Brady could tell what his injury was almost immediately. He said that Brady diagnosed it as a hyperextended knee and explained why it felt so awkward for him.
Brady turned out to be right on the money. Evans got that exact diagnosis and didn’t have to miss his first playoff game.
Evans was able to play in the NFC Wildcard Round against Washington, where he had six receptions for 119 yards in his first playoff appearance. He’s slated to start against the New Orleans Saints this coming weekend.
Mike Evans says Tom Brady knew right away what his injury was when he hyperextended his knee against Atlanta, but Evans wasn't sure what had happened at first. Says he feels like he "dodged a bullet"
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) January 13, 2021
Tom Brady hasn’t suffered many injuries during his 21-year NFL career. But he knows a thing or two about how the human body works.
That experience has served Brady well this entire season as he led the Bucs to a franchise record 492 points and their first 11-win season since 2005.
The Bucs will be on the road this week against the Saints, who beat them twice in the regular season. But while the Saints have the edge in many categories, Brady is the NFL’s ultimate x-factor.
The game will be played on Sunday at 6:40 p.m and will air on FOX.