Mike Evans' 1-Game Suspension Upheld After Losing Appeal; Out vs. Jets

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 5:  Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled from behind by Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 5, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 30-10. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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NFL appeals officer James Trash upheld the league's one-game suspension for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Evans will now officially miss Tampa Bay's Week 10 clash with the New York Jets

The 24-year-old was initially suspended without pay Monday after he blindsided New Orleans Saints defensive back Marshon Lattimore—who was jawing with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston—with a hit during the third quarter of Sunday's 30-10 loss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 


Should Mike Evans have been ejected for his altercation with the Saints? @DeanBlandino thinks so. https://t.co/DO0OrewF16

"During the third quarter, after a play had ended, you struck an unsuspecting opponent in the back, knocking him to the ground," NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote to Evans on Monday, per NFL.com's Marc Sessler. "Your conduct clearly did not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional."

Evans penned an apology Tuesday. 

"I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Sunday's game," he wrote, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman. "I saw my quarterback getting shoved and I let my emotions get the better of me. My response was not appropriate and not a true indication of who I am as a player and a person. I take pride in playing the game the right way and I realize it was unprofessional and hurt my team." 

With Evans out, the onus will be on DeSean Jackson, slot man Adam Humphries, rookie Chris Godwin and tight end Cameron Brate to take on a bigger load as the Buccaneers attempt to snap their five-game losing streak against the Jets' 19th-ranked pass defense. 

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