Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice was bestowed with a welcomed return on Friday.
Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced, and was back in the practice fold with his teammates. The team also placed punter Bradley Pinion on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Evans' activation comes four days after he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Under updated NFL-NFL Players Association protocols, players who test positive and are fully vaccinated can return to the team if they are asymptomatic and have two negative tests within 24 hours.
It bodes better for Evans' status for Week 17 against the New York Jets, but the three-time Pro Bowl selection missed Week 16 due to a hamstring injury. Evans is officially questionable to play against New York, along with fellow receivers Antonio Brown (ankle) and Justin Watson (quadriceps).
Evans has 64 receptions for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns through 14 games this season.