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Report: NFL upholds Buccaneers WR Evans’ one-game suspension

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The NFL has upheld the one-game suspension handed to pro-bowl wide receiver Mike Evans for his altercation with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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The nine-year veteran will miss Tampa Bay’s upcoming home game against the Green Bay Packers.

On Tuesday, Evans appealed the leagues initial ruling. James Thrash, the NFL-NFLPA jointly appointed appeals officer, chose to uphold the decision.

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The incident occurred after a third-down incomplete pass with Tom Brady shouting at Lattimore. As Lattimore responded, running back Leonard Fournette stepped in and shoved Lattimore, who shoved Fournette back.

Evans came running in from near the sideline and knocked Lattimore off his feet. Players poured off both sidelines at that point, and Saints wide receiver Jarvis Landry tried to grab Evans, only to have Evans slam him to the turf while both were engulfed by a swarm of players from both teams.

This marked the second time since 2017 that Evans has been thrown out of a game in the dome for flattening Lattimore after the Saints top defensive back had been squaring off with another Buccaneers player.

The Buccaneers have started the 2022 season 2-0 and boast the No. 1 ranked scoring defence in the league through two weeks (6.5 points allowed per game).

-With files from the Associated Press

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