Bucs-Saints brawl: NFL suspends Mike Evans one game for hit on Marshon Lattimore

Bucs-Saints brawl: NFL suspends Mike Evans one game for hit on Marshon Lattimore

Bucs-Saints brawl: NFL suspends Mike Evans one game for hit on Marshon Lattimore

Mike Evans’ day ended a little earlier than expected in Week 2 after the Buccaneers wideout was ejected from Sunday’s win over the Saints due to a fight on the pitch with New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who was also booted from the contest. Now Evans is set to miss even more time as the NFL has since come down with a one-game suspension of the Buccaneers star.

In a release announcing his suspension, the NFL notes that VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension after Evans violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8(g) which prohibits “unnecessarily running, driving into, cutting or throwing the body against or on a player who is out of play or who should not reasonably have anticipated such a contract by an opponent, before or after the ball is dead. The league also cited Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 which prohibits any act that goes in contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship.”

Evans will appeal the suspension, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson.

The incident occurred in the fourth quarter of this NFC South game in New Orleans, while the game was still three. Tom Brady threw an incomplete pass to Scotty Miller on a third-and-5 situation, and Lattimore appeared to start jawing at the veteran quarterback. Leonard Fournette and Lattimore started shoving each other and Evans came over the top and ran right into Lattimore, turning this into a brawl.

“After a play was completed, you walked toward the sideline,” Runyan said in a letter to Evans notifying him of the suspension. “Noticing that your teammates were engaged in a confrontation with the Saints players, you ran towards that area of ​​the pitch and threw your body violently into and struck an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation.

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

It’s worth noting that Evans is not a first-time offender in this type of situation. Back in 2017, he received a one-game suspension for a hit he made on Lattimore on the Tampa Bay sideline, a move he would later characterize as “childish.” This time, however, Evans told reporters on Sunday that he did not expect a suspension from this incident.

“It was terrible – 2017 I didn’t even get kicked out and it was really a cheap shot,” he said. “It wasn’t. He punched my teammate in the face and I just pushed him to the ground.”

If Evans’ appeal falls short, he is slated to miss Tampa Bay’s Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers. Of course, this is a less than ideal turn of events for the Buccaneers. Despite going 2-0 to start the year, they are especially sore at the receiver position as Chris Godwin and Julio Jones both missed Week 2 due to injury. If they can’t go in Week 3, Tom Brady’s offense will be drastically undermanned.

No other players involved in this match will be suspended either, but they may still be fined.

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