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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was suspended one game on Monday for violating the NFL’s policy on unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness.
Evans hit New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the back Sunday during a confrontation started by Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay’s 30-10 loss. Winston poked the back of Lattimore’s helmet, and the cornerback then shoved the quarterback before Evans blindsided him.
On Monday, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Evans and Winston had exhibited “totally unacceptable behavior.”
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Evans is appealing the suspension, according to NFL Network. If unsuccessful, he will miss the 2-6 Buccaneers’ Week 10 game against the New York Jets.
“I let my emotions get the best of me,” Evans said after the game. “I thought (Lattimore) was picking a fight with my quarterback. It’s something I shouldn’t have done. It was very childish. I shouldn’t have done that. Unprofessional.”
Evans was given a 15-yard penalty though not objected, a decision Saints coach Sean Payton criticized after the game.
“If there’s not an ejection in that situation, then I don’t know when there’s supposed to be an ejection,” Payton said.
Lattimore and Winston still could face fines for their involvement in the clash, NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora wrote on Twitter.