TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans has been suspended for one game for his role in a scrimmage that led to him and New Orleans cornerback Marshan Evans. Marshon Lattimore was ejected from the Pirates-Saints game.
The NFL said Monday that Evans violated the rules of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct when the Buccaneers star intervened in an incident that initially involved Lattimore and Buccaneers teammates Tom Brady and Leonard Fournette. During the confrontation, he knocked Lattimore to the ground.
“After a game, you’re walking to the sideline. When you notice your teammates clashing with Saints players, you run to that area of the field and throw your body violently into an unsuspecting opponent, he was part of that standoff,” Jon Runian, the league’s vice president of football operations, wrote in a letter informing Evans of the discipline.
“You knocked your opponent to the ground and players on both sides got involved in the melee,” the letter said. “Your aggressive behavior could cause serious injury to your opponent and clearly did not reflect the high standards of sports that professionals expect. Spirit.”
Evans, who can appeal the decision, is suspended for next Sunday’s home game against the Green Bay Packers.
This isn’t the first suspension of Evans’ career. The other was a one-game ban in 2017 that also included Evans knocking Lattimore to the ground in a Bucs-Saints matchup at the Superdome.
Suspension numbers leave the Buccaneers understaffed at receiver against the Packers, especially considering injuries to Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) kept them out last week Play.
Coach Todd Powers was disappointed by the news of the suspension.
“Like I said, going it alone and losing a player in the next game hurts our team because we lost a really good player,” Powers said.
“We don’t want that, we don’t condone it, we have to move on and find a way to win without him,” the coach added. “But that should be a lesson for all our other players.”
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