Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is out against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 after refusing to appeal a one-game suspension

The NFL announced Wednesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unpaid wide receiver Mike Evans has been endorsed by appellate officer James Thrash.

Evans will miss Sunday’s Buccaneers home opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Evans’ per-game suspension will cost him $62,222. His base salary is $1.12 million after he restructured his contract over the holiday season.

The wide receiver was suspended Monday for his role in Sunday’s altercation with New Orleans Saints’ Marshawn Lattimore. The suspension appealed and a hearing was held before Thrash, who is jointly appointed by both the NFL and the NFL Players Association, on Tuesday.

“We are disappointed that the league supported a suspension with numerous arguments about players carrying out more egregious violations, including hitting, kicking and choking players and not being suspended,” Evans’ representatives said in a statement. “In addition, Evans was already sent off which is a penalty enough but the league chose to discipline him more and that’s unfortunate but we will respect the league’s decision.”

This wasn’t Evans’ first comment about a fight with Lattimore. In 2017, Evans was suspended in one game for running onto the field and pushing Lattimore in the back.

In a letter to Evans informing him of his comment on Monday, the NFL’s vice president for football operations, John Runyan, wrote, “After the play was over, you were walking toward your side. When you noticed your teammates had a confrontation with the Saints players, you ran toward those area on the field and violently throwing your body at an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation and hitting him. You knocked your opponent to the ground and a brawl broke out involving players of both teams. Your aggressive behavior could have caused serious injury to your opponent and obviously does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship. expected of a professional.

On Sunday, Evans said he believed Lattimore punched quarterback Leonard Fournette in the face and pushed quarterback Tom Brady. He said he wasn’t concerned about the suspension because he felt 2017 was a flagrant violation of the rules and he wasn’t fired at the time. But the NFL does not take into account repeat offenses.

In 2020, Lattimore was fined $10,500 for unnecessary roughness in pushing Evans in the back, causing Evans to take off his helmet.

Evans’ suspension exhausts a receiving corps already dealing with multiple casualties. Sunday’s Buccaneers played against the Saints without Chris Goodwin and Julio Jones. The Buccaneers signed veteran receiver Cole Beasley to their coaching side on Wednesday to add another pass catch.

“We have depth. Anytime you lose a few guys in one place you have to worry a little bit, but we have guys who need to go up and make plays and we kept them for a reason. So they have to go and give Buccaneers,” Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday. their offerings.

Neither Goodwin (hamstring) nor Jones (knee) exercised on Wednesday, although Wednesday is usually Jones’ day off.

Evans will be allowed to join the pirates on Monday.

ESPN’s Jenna Lynn contributed to this report.

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