Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Bucs WR Evans suspended one game for blindside hit

Bucs WR Evans suspended one game for blindside hit

In the middle of the Saints' 30-10 win vs. the Buccaneers, Saints rookie Marshon Lattimore and Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans got into a insane altercation. "Your conduct clearly did not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional", NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in the release.

Evans was visibly surprised he was allowed to stay in Sunday's game.

"My first instinct was to go help my teammate, even though I've been knowing [Evans] since Texas A&M days", said Saints CB De'Vante Harris, who knocked Evans off Lattimore. To refresh your memory, the whole ordeal was actually started by Lattimore and Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

No players were ejected on the play, but Tampa Bay was assessed a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness on Evans.

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Evans then came from out of nowhere and leveled Lattimore.

Evans was given a personal foul for his run at Lattimore and will be subject to more discipline from the league despite the lack of a disqualification on Sunday. Jameis can not, under any circumstances, come off the sideline when he's not even playing in the game.

"If there's not an ejection in that situation", Payton said after the game, "then I don't know when there's supposed to be an ejection". That's not having your teammates' back. I was glad he wasn't ejected.

Evans was held to one catch for 13 yards on six targets Sunday, with Lattimore as part of the Saints' coverage of him.

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