The NFL on Monday announced the Buccaneers wide receiver has been suspended one game without pay for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Saints. The officials did not eject anyone from the contest.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are struggling mightily in their game against the New Orleans Saints, and tensions are getting high. To refresh your memory, the whole ordeal was actually started by Lattimore and Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.
Inexplicably, Evans was not tossed from the game. In eight games this season, Evans has caught 40 passes for 532 yards and four touchdowns. I was just trying to protect my quarterback.
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Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter sounded displeased with Evans. The first-round rookie, a major part of the Saints' six-game winning streak, said Evans' hit motivated him to play better. "I wanted to go at him after that".
"If I would have known what I know [now], Mike probably should have been ejected". (Winston) pushed the back of my head. But he can appeal the suspension within three days. Unprofessional. ... I want to play. I want to help my team. That was kind of malicious. The visual of Evans' shove of Lattimore can be seen at about the 13-second mark of the video.