NFL upholds Mike Evans one-game suspension, Bucs sidelined for missing Packers game

NFL upholds Mike Evans one-game suspension, Bucs sidelined for missing Packers game

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers star receiver Mike Evans will not be active for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers after the NFL decided to uphold a one-game suspension for his role in a fight with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, his agent said.

Evans’ appeal for a game suspension without pay was heard Tuesday before NFL appeals officer and catcher James Thrash, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFLPA.

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Marcus Maye square off with Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans at Caesars Superdome, Sept. 18, 2022, in New Orleans.
(Stephen Lew – USA Today Sports)

“We are disappointed that the league has upheld a suspension when there are multiple arguments from players committing more egregious violations including: punching, kicking and choking players and not being suspended,” the agent said. of Evans Deryk Gilmore in a statement, via ESPN.

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“Also, Evans had already been sent off, which is enough of a penalty, but the league chose to discipline him even further. It’s unfortunate, but we will respect the league’s decision.”

The confrontation in Sunday’s game originally involved quarterback Tom Bradyrunning back Leonard Fournette and Lattimore, but the NFL said in its original ruling that Evans got involved after the fact.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan consoles cornerback Marshon Lattimore after a play against Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans on September 18, 2022 in New Orleans.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan consoles cornerback Marshon Lattimore after a play against Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans on September 18, 2022 in New Orleans.
(Stephen Lew – USA Today Sports)

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“After a game was over, you were walking towards your sidelines. When you noticed your teammates were engaged in a confrontation with the Saints players, you ran towards that area on the field and violently threw your body and hit an unsuspecting opponent who was part of this matchup,” the league said in a letter to Evans.

“You knocked your opponent to the ground and a scrum ensued involving players from both teams,” the letter continued. “Your aggressive driving could have caused serious injury to your opponent and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”

Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the Saints game in New Orleans on September 18, 2022.

Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the Saints game in New Orleans on September 18, 2022.
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Evans will miss about $62,000 in game day wages. He was previously suspended for one game in 2017 for knocking Lattimore to the ground during another Meeting Saints-Bucs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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