Appeal to be heard Tuesday
Evans will have his appeal of a one-game suspension heard Tuesday by jointly appointed NFL and NFLPA appeals officer James Thrash, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
An official decision on Evans' appeal should be announced later Tuesday or Wednesday, giving fantasy managers clarity on the wideout's status heading into Sunday's matchup with the Packers. Evans, who had been nursing a calf injury in advance of the Buccaneers' Week 2 win over the Saints, was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the contest when he came off the sideline to push New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore. In addition to Evans' potential absence Week 3, the Buccaneers could also be without Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee), both of whom sat out against the Saints. If none of the Bucs' top three wideouts are available against Green Bay, Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller could all be in store for added snaps and targets. Tampa Bay also signed veteran slot man Cole Beasley to its practice squad Tuesday and could promote him to the active roster if another body is needed at receiver Sunday.
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Brady (shoulder/finger) was spotted on the field during the open portion of Thursday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Brate (concussion) didn't take part in drills with the Buccaneers at practice Thursday and is expected to be listed as a non-participant on the team's second Week 5 injury report, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Brate (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.
Perriman (knee/hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Gage (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Jones (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
Godwin (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Brady (right shoulder/right finger) didn't practice Wednesday.
Otton secured three of four targets for 29 yards in the Buccaneers' 41-31 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday night.
Gage brought in two of four targets for 24 yards during the Buccaneers' 41-31 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.