The NFL suspends Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans for playing one game with Marshawn Lattimore of New Orleans Saints

New Orleans – a wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Pirates Mike Evans He was suspended without pay for one game for his role in Sunday’s brawl with the New Orleans Saints Marshawn LattimoreThe NFL announced on Monday.

The association said Evans was suspended for violating the rules of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness. Evans won’t be eligible to return until after Sunday’s opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Evans is allowed to appeal the suspension under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. If he does appeal, the hearing will be before Derek Brooks or James Thrush, who are jointly appointed by the League and the NFL Players Association to decide on the player’s on-field discipline appeal.

Sources told ESPN that Evans plans to appeal the suspension decision. The hearing is likely to take place this week.

In a letter to Evans, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, John Runyan, wrote, “After the play was over, you were walking toward your sideline. When you noticed your teammates engaged in a confrontation with the Saints players, you ran toward that area of ​​the field.” You threw your body violently and hit an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation.You knocked your opponent to the ground and a brawl broke out involving players from both teams.Your aggressive behavior could have seriously injured your opponent and clearly does not reflect the high levels of sportsmanship expected of a professional “.

Section 13, Section 2, Section 8(g) prohibits “running, diving, cutting or throwing the body unnecessarily against or at a player out of play or that should not reasonably be expected of such contact by an opponent, before or after the ball has died.” .

Article 12, Section 3, Article 1 prohibits any act “contrary to generally understood principles of sportsmanship.”

The NFL did not suspend any other players on Monday.

This wasn’t Evans’ first comment about a fight with Lattimore. In 2017, Evans was suspended in one game for running onto the field and pushing Lattimore in the back.

On Sunday, Evans said he thinks Lattimore punched backwards Leonard Fortnite In the face and push the midfielder Tom Brady. He said he wasn’t concerned about the suspension because he felt 2017 was a flagrant violation of the rules and he wasn’t fired at the time. But the NFL does not take into account the frequency of crimes.

“My colleague punched him in the face,” Evans said. “I pushed him to the floor.” “I was just trying to get my teammates back. All I saw was he punched someone in the face. I was like, ‘I’m not going to let that happen.'”

In 2020, Lattimore was fined $10,500 for unnecessary roughness in pushing Evans in the back, causing Evans to take off his helmet.

If Evans continues to be suspended, it will deplete a receiving corps already dealing with multiple casualties. Play Pirate Sunday without Chris Goodwin And the Julius Jones.

“We don’t want any fights in our game because we lost a good player,” Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said on Monday. “It doesn’t help our team. We don’t condone it. We don’t know that in our game.

“Fighting alone – losing a player in the next game, it hurts our team because we lose a very good player. We don’t want that, we don’t condone it. We have to go ahead and try to find a way to win without him. This should be a lesson for all our other players.”

Evans has been the Buck’s captain since 2017, and has been one of their most valuable players in franchise history since he was named seventh overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is the only player in NFL history to score 1,000 yards in each One of its first eight seasons.

Evans watched the game in the locker room and greeted his teammates – including Brady – with a hug or a handshake in the tunnel after the win.

When asked how players can follow the line between holding on to their teammates and crossing into undesirable territory, Bowles said, “It’s always a good line. This is a controlled, aggressive game… You’re trying to protect your teammates, but you’ve got to do it the way correct.”