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

Mike Evans’ day ended a bit sooner than anticipated in Week 2 after the Buccaneers wideout was ejected from Sunday’s win over the Saints as a result of an on-field scuffle with New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who was additionally booted from the competition. Now, Evans is slated to overlook much more time because the NFL has since come down with a one-game suspension of the Buccaneers star.

In a launch asserting his suspension, the NFL notes that VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan has issued the suspension after Evans violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8 (g) which prohibits “pointless operating, driving into, slicing, or throwing the physique in opposition to or on a participant who’s out of play or mustn’t have fairly anticipated such contract by an opponent, earlier than or after the ball is lifeless. The league additionally cited Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 that prohibits any motion that runs “opposite to the widely understood rules of sportsmanship.”

Evans will attraction the suspension, CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson reviews.

The incident occurred within the fourth quarter of this NFC South matchup in New Orleans with the game nonetheless knotted at three. Tom Brady threw an incomplete go to Scotty Miller on a third-and-5 state of affairs, and Lattimore appeared to start out jawing on the veteran quarterback. Leonard Fournette and Lattimore started shoving one another and Evans got here excessive and ran proper into Lattimore, which turned this right into a full-on brawl.

“After a play had ended, you have been strolling in the direction of your sidelines,” Runyan mentioned in a letter to Evans notifying him of the suspension. “When you seen your teammates engaged in a confrontation with Saints’ gamers, you ran in the direction of that space on the sector and violently threw your physique into and struck an unsuspecting opponent who was a part of that confrontation.

“You knocked your opponent to the bottom and a melee ensued involving gamers from each groups. Your aggressive conduct might have triggered severe damage to your opponent and clearly doesn’t mirror the excessive requirements of sportsmanship anticipated of knowledgeable.”

It’s value noting that Evans isn’t a first-time offender in such a state of affairs. Back in 2017, he obtained a one-game suspension for a hit he made on Lattimore on the Tampa Bay sideline, a transfer he’d later characterize as “infantile.” This time round, nevertheless, Evans instructed reporters Sunday that he wasn’t anticipating a suspension from this incident.

“That was horrible — 2017 I did not even get ejected and that was actually an affordable shot,” he mentioned. “This wasn’t. He punched my teammate within the face and I simply pushed him to the bottom.”

If Evans’ attraction falls brief, he’s slated to overlook Tampa Bay’s Week 3 matchup in opposition to the Green Bay Packers. Of course, this can be a lower than splendid flip of occasions for the Buccaneers. Despite being 2-0 to start out the yr, they’re significantly banged up on the receiver place as Chris Godwin and Julio Jones each missed Week 2 as a result of damage. If they’re unable to go in Week 3, Tom Brady’s offense might be drastically undermanned.

Also, no different participant concerned on this struggle might be suspended, however they may nonetheless be topic to a nice.

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