NFL suspends Bucs receiver Evans for one game

by Ricardo Gutierrez - The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans one game for his fight with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

NFL suspends Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans for one game for altercation with New Orleans Saints' Marshon Lattimore 12:41 PM ET ESPN The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans one game for his fight with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore on Sunday. Evans is allowed to appeal the suspension under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. If he does appeal, the hearing will be before either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, who have been jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players' Association to rule on appeals of on-field player discipline. Evans is likely to appeal the suspension, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. If Evans' suspension stands, he will miss the Buccaneers' home opener on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers . The Buccaneers are currently dealing with multiple injuries to their receiving corps and played Sunday without Chris Godwin and Julio Jones . Editor's Picks Bucs' Evans, Saints' Lattimore tossed after brawl 3h Katherine Terrell and Jenna Laine This is the second time that Evans has been suspended for an incident with Lattimore. He also was suspended in 2017 when he came running onto the field and shoved Lattimore in the back. Evans has said after the Buccaneers' 20-10 victory over the Saints that he wasn't worried about a suspension for Sunday's altercation in which he ran onto the field, shoving Lattimore and knocking him to the ground. That sparked a multiplayer brawl. "After a play had ended, you were walking toward your sidelines. When you noticed your teammates engaged in a confrontation with Saints' players, you ran toward that area on the field and violently threw your body into and struck an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation," NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in his letter to Evans, informing him of his suspension. "You knocked your opponent to the ground and a melee ensued involving players from both teams. Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury to your opponent and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional." No other players were suspended by the NFL on Monday.