Mike Evans suspended one game for drilling Marshon Lattimore

Nov 5 2017 New Orleans LA USA New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans during the first half of a game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans received a one-game suspension by the National Football League on Monday for his blindside hit on New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

A brawl almost broke out in the third quarter after Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston poked the Saints' Marshon Lattimore on the back of his head. The officials did not eject anyone from the contest.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers already were having a rough go of it against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Former Texas A&M WR Mike Evans briefly lost his mind on Sunday afternoon, and will pay for his actions with a 1-game suspension.

Tampa Bay backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick missed on a third-down deep ball to receiver DeSean Jackson with Lattimore in coverage.


The Bucs, who will also be without Winston, host the New York Jets on Monday.

Evans said he only saw Lattimore's shove and was trying to protect his quarterback.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he didn't see the interaction or Evans' hit.

"I get it. They're frustrated", Lattimore said. I don't play that, so I had to retaliate.

Under the CBA, Evans has three business days to appeal the suspension. "Then Mike Evans came and snapped me from behind". Unprofessional. ... I want to play. I shouldn't have hit him in his back like that. "I should have just shoved him away to try to break it up".

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