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NFL appeals officer James Trash upheld the league’s one-game suspension for Tampa Bay Buccaneers huge receiver Mike Evans on Tuesday, in line with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Evans will now formally miss Tampa Bay’s Week 10 conflict with the New York Jets.
The 24-year-old was initially suspended with out pay Monday after he blindsided New Orleans Saints defensive again Marshon Lattimore—who was jawing with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston—with successful throughout the third quarter of Sunday’s 30-10 loss on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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“During the third quarter, after a play had ended, you struck an unsuspecting opponent in the back, knocking him to the ground,” NFL vice chairman of soccer operations Jon Runyan wrote to Evans on Monday, per NFL.com’s Marc Sessler. “Your conduct clearly did not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”
Evans penned an apology Tuesday.
“I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Sunday’s game,” he wrote, in line with the Tampa Bay Times‘ Greg Auman. “I saw my quarterback getting shoved and I let my emotions get the better of me. My response was not appropriate and not a true indication of who I am as a player and a person. I take pride in playing the game the right way and I realize it was unprofessional and hurt my team.”
With Evans out, the onus can be on DeSean Jackson, slot man Adam Humphries, rookie Chris Godwin and tight finish Cameron Brate to tackle an even bigger load because the Buccaneers try and snap their five-game shedding streak in opposition to the Jets’ 19th-ranked move protection.