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NFL: Bucs’ Mike Evans to MISS Green Bay Packers Week 3 game

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans will miss the Week 3 showdown with the Green Bay Packers after his one-game suspension was confirmed for shoving the New Orleans Saints’ Marshon Lattimore.

The wide receiver was suspended by the league Monday for his role in an on-field brawl, specifically a shove at Marshon Lattimore, during Sunday’s 20-10 win over the Saints in New Orleans.

Evans appealed the punishment for the fiery clash during the Bucs’ win, and the appeal was heard Tuesday by James Thrash, jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA.

Thrash heard Evans’ previous appeal when he was suspended back in 2017 for another on-field altercation with Lattimore, and upheld that ruling as well.

Evans’ agent Deryk Gilmore called the one-game ban “unfortunate” after it was confirmed and claimed players have avoided punishment for worse actions in the past but insisted he and his player respect the decision would.

In a statement, Gilmore said: “We are disappointed that the league has upheld a suspension when there are multiple arguments from players committing more egregious infractions including: hitting, kicking and choking players and not being suspended.

“Also, Evans had already been ejected, which is punishment enough, but the league decided to discipline him even more.

“It’s unfortunate, but we will respect the league’s decision.”

Despite missing a crucial game against the Packers, Evans’ suspension will not be as costly as it could have been.

Evans restructured his contract during the offseason, lowering his 2022 base salary to a league minimum of $1.12 million Adam Scherter.

This week’s one-game suspension will now reportedly cost Evans $62,222 instead of the $715,000 he would have had to pay had he not been restructured.

Evans was suspended after charging and bowling over Saints corner Lattimore as the Saints rival discussed rubbish with Tom Brady.

Officially, Evans broke Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8(g), which prohibits “unnecessarily running, dunking, cutting, or throwing the body at, or against a player who is not in play or could not reasonably have been.” anticipate such contact by an opponent before or after the ball is dead.’

He also broke Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1, which prohibits any act contrary to “the generally accepted principles of sportsmanship.”

In a letter to Evans, Jon Runyan, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, wrote: “After a game was over, you walked to your sidelines. Realizing your teammates were engaged in a confrontation with Saints players, you ran to that area of ​​the field and violently threw your body into an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation, punching him.

“You knocked your opponent to the ground and there was a scuffle involving players from both teams,” continued Runyan, a former NFL offensive lineman. “Your aggressive behavior could have caused serious injury to your opponent and clearly does not reflect the high sporting standards expected of a professional.”

Evans had previously insisted he should not be penalized as after the dressing room incident he suggested leaving the matter on the field.

“It gets hot when you get to New Orleans,” Evans told the Tampa Bay Times. “They are a good team, a physical team.

“I just see Lattimore hitting Lee [Fournette] in the face or something and then shoved Tom.

‘That’s all I saw. I just pushed him.’

Evans has history with Lattimore, having previously been suspended for a game in 2017 for scoring against him.

“In 2017, I didn’t even get kicked out, and that was really a cheap shot,” Evans said. “It wasn’t that. He punched my teammate in the face and I just pushed him to the ground.

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