Nfl Dismisses Appeal Of Wide Receiver Mike Evans’ Suspension

NFL Dismisses Appeal Of Wide Receiver Mike Evans’ Suspension

The Buccaneers wide receiver will miss the Week 3 game for his role in a fight against Saints players last Sunday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans’ one-game suspension without pay was upheld by appeals officer James Thrash, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Evans will miss the Buccaneers’ home opener next Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

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Evans’ one-game suspension will cost him $62,222. His base salary is $1.12 million after he restructured his contract during the offseason.

The wide receiver was suspended Monday for his role in last Sunday’s altercation with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. He appealed the suspension, and the hearing before Thrash, who was jointly targeted by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, was held Tuesday.

“We are disappointed that the league upheld the suspension when there were multiple arguments of players committing more blatant violations, including hitting, kicking, choking players and not being suspended,” Evans’ representatives said in a statement. “Also, Evans had already been ejected from the game, which is punishment enough, but the league chose to discipline him further, which is unfortunate, but we will respect the league’s decision.”

Last Sunday’s was not the first fight between Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore in the NFL. Getty Images

It wasn’t the first suspension for Evans for a fight with Lattimore. In 2017, Evans was suspended for one game for walking onto the field and pushing Lattimore in the back.

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In a letter to Evans informing him of his suspension last Monday, NFL vice president of operations Jon Runyan wrote, “After the play was over, you were walking toward your bench. When you noticed your teammates engaged in a confrontation with Saints players, ran into that area of ​​the field and violently threw your body into and hit an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation Knocked your opponent to the ground and a melee ensued involving players from both teams Your aggressive conduct could have created serious injury to your opponent, and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”

On Sunday, Evans said he believes Lattimore hit running back Leonard Fournette in the face and shoved quarterback Tom Brady. He said he wasn’t worried about being suspended, because he felt 2017 was a more flagrant violation of the rules, and he wasn’t kicked out of the game that time. But, the NFL does take into account repeat offenses.

In 2020, Lattimore was fined $10,500 for unnecessary roughness for shoving Evans in the back, causing the wide receiver to rip off his helmet.

Evans’ suspension further weakens a group of wide receivers dealing with multiple injuries. The Buccaneers played the Saints on Sunday without Chris Godwin or Julio Jones. The Buccaneers signed veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley to their practice squad on Wednesday to add another player to their arsenal.

Evans will be allowed to rejoin the Buccaneers beginning next Monday.

Information from Jenna Laine was used in the writing of this note.

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