Bucs' Mike Evans suspended 1 game for hit on Marshon Lattimore

Bucs' Mike Evans suspended 1 game for hit on Marshon Lattimore

Bucs' Mike Evans suspended 1 game for hit on Marshon Lattimore

"Your conduct clearly did not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional".

Following the game, Saints head coach Sean Payton said Evans should have been ejected from the game.

Evans was held to one catch for 13 yards on six targets Sunday, with Lattimore as part of the Saints' coverage of him. Then, star wide receiver Mike Evans was issued his suspension. Winston was pointing toward the Saints' sideline and repeatedly poked Lattimore's helmet. But Payton, in addressing reporters afterward, per NFL.com, said there was no question Evans should've been ejected for his hit on Lattimore. Standing up for his signal caller, Evans made a decision to come in and blindside Lattimore from behind. "Then Mike Evans came and snapped me from behind".

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Evans detailing the reason for the suspension. "And trash talking is trash talking, but to go out and tap another player, touch another player, whatever you want to call it at all on the field - that's inexcusable", Koetter said. That's not having your teammates' back.

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Lattimore turned to Winston and shoved him before Evans delivered a blow he said was "kind of malicious".

Evans, 24, has appeared in all eight games for the Bucs this season.

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

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