Mike Evans Suspended 1 Game For Brawl
NFL Week 2 - The NFL has officially handed out punishments for Sunday's brawl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, electing to suspend Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans for one game.
Evans was ejected from Sunday's game after coming off the bench to escalate an altercation between Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette and Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore and Evans have had previous exchanges over the last few years, dating back as early as 2017. Lattimore was not fined for his involvement in the fight.
"After a play had ended, you were walking toward your sidelines," wrote NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan in a memo released by the NFL. "When you noticed your teammates engaged in a confrontation with Saint's players, you ran toward that area on the field and violently threw your body into and struck an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation. You knocked your opponent to the ground and a melee ensued involving players from both teams.
"Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury to your opponent and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional."
With Chris Godwin and Julio Jones both up and down with injuries, Evans has been the face of the Ta.mpa Bay passing attack. Even with the early ejection in Week 2, he leads the Buccaneers in targets (11), receptions (8), receiving yards (132), and has one of the Buccaneers' two receiving touchdowns.
Evans may appeal the suspension under the collective bargaining agreement.