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Mike Evans’ 1-game suspension upheld after appeal, will miss Buccaneers’ game vs. Packers

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Mike Evans will officially miss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers after referee James Thrash confirmed his one-game suspension. several reports.

The NFL suspended Evans one game for violating unnecessary rudeness and unsportsmanlike conduct of NFL rules in the second week. He and New Orleans Saints defenseman Marshawn Lattimore were ejected for participating in a mass brawl involving both teams. However, Lattimore was not suspended.

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NFL vice president of football operations John Runyan wrote about this in a letter to Evans. that Evans “forcibly dropped your body and hit an unsuspecting opponent who was part of this confrontation. You knocked your opponent to the ground and a hand-to-hand fight ensued involving players from both teams.”

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Evans initially got into a fight after Tom Brady and Lattimore exchanged words and Leonard Furnett pushed Lattimore. Evans rushed from the touchline to grab Lattimore.

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Brady calls suspension ‘ridiculous’

Brady quickly defended his successor’s actions. In his weekly podcast After the game, Brady said that emotions were running high, and Evans reacted in the heat of the moment. Brady also said that Evans doesn’t deserve to miss the game for what he did.

“Mike knows how I feel about him,” Brady said. “So, at the end of the day, emotion is part of the sport. Sometimes they spill out and they are clearly [Sunday], and this is an unfortunate circumstance. I don’t think it deserves any suspension; I think it’s funny. I hope we can overcome this and become better.”

Evans’ suspension may have been partly due to the fact that he is a repeat offender. In 2017, the NFL suspended Evans for one game after he hit a blind during a fight – also with Lattimore.

Evans did not defend his actions, but noted that “when you come to New Orleans, it gets spicy.” He added that he ran up to Lattimore after he saw Lattimore hit Furnett and shoved Brady. During the fight, Evans reportedly told the referee, “This is Tom Brady. What do you want me to do?”

Problems with the Buccaneers receiver

Losing Evans is serious, but it’s even worse when you consider Tampa Bay’s depth problem at the receiver’s position.

The team will most likely miss Chris Godwin for one more game and could again be without veteran Julio Jones (both have hamstring injuries). The only other experienced players on the team are Scotty Miller, Russell Gage and Breshad Perryman. The Buccaneers signed Cole Beasley to the practice squad with the intention of moving him to the active roster, but this quartet of receivers will not replace Evans, Godwin and possibly Jones.

Brady will definitely miss his #1 option. His passer rating, completion percentage, touchdown-to-interception ratio, and yards per try drop significantly when Evans is not on the field. according to ESPN. The Packers also have the fourth-best pass defense in the NFL, with Pro Bowler cornerback Jare Alexander patrolling the field.

Mike Evans was involved in a fight in week 2 which resulted in his disqualification.  (Photo by Chris Greiten/Getty Images)
Mike Evans was involved in a fight in week 2 which resulted in his disqualification. (Photo by Chris Greiten/Getty Images)




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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