Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans lost his appeal and will miss Sunday’s game against the Jets.
The NFL announced the decision from appeals officer James Thrash to uphold Evans’ one-game suspension. Evans shoved Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore to the ground in the Bucs’ loss to the Saints, setting off a skirmish between the teams. Officials did not eject him.
Evans apologized Tuesday in a statement released by the team.
“I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Sunday’s game,” the statement read. “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.”