Buccaneers WR Mike Evans suspended 1 game for role in massive brawl with Saints

The NFL announced Monday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has been suspended for one game without pay after being ejected from Sunday’s tension-filled game for playing a role in a massive bench clearance brawl. . Evans is suspended for violating unnecessary roughness and the NFL’s unsportsmanlike conduct rules.

The brawl, which happened just minutes into the fourth quarter with the score 3-3, started when New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore made a dismissive hand motion in Tom Brady’s face. at the end of a play. Brady turned around, presumably to make his mouth drip, which is when Leonard Fournette pushed Lattimore. Evans, who was all the way to the sideline, ran like a homing missile and tackled Lattimore, and then it was all from there.

Lattimore was also ejected from the game, but his behavior did not warrant a suspension or even a fine. He didn’t make contact with anyone, and Fournette pushing him is likely what turned the Brady-Lattimore interaction into a full-fledged brawl.

Head coach Todd Bowles was not thrilled with Evans’ behavior.

Evans will miss the Week 3 game between the Bucs and Green Bay Packers, and will return in time to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 on Sunday Night Football.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) and New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) get into an altercation during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday September 18, 2021, in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has been suspended for his role in a massive brawl in the Bucs-Saints game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

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