Report: No decision expected today in Mike Evans’ appeal

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The NFL is not anticipating a ruling on Mike Evans’ appeal of a one-game suspension today, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Former NFL receiver James Thrash heard Evans’ appeal Tuesday.

It seems likely a decision will come Wednesday as the Bucs begin their on-field work for Sunday’s game against the Packers.

Evans got a running start and shoved Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore to the ground after Lattimore chirped at Tom Brady and bowed up on running back Leonard Fournette. It set off a brawl.

Evans and Lattimore were ejected, after Evans explained to an official, “It’s Tom Brady. What do you want me to do?”

Evans and Lattimore have a history. Evans’ shove of Lattimore in 2017 drew Evans a one-game suspension, though he wasn’t ejected from that game.

Thrash heard Evans’ appeal in 2017, too, and Thrash upheld Evans’ suspension five years ago.

The Bucs have injuries to receivers Chris Godwin and Julio Jones and are awaiting word about whether they will have Evans on Sunday. That prompted them to sign veteran Cole Beasley to the practice squad for depth.

20 responses to “Report: No decision expected today in Mike Evans’ appeal

  1. It’s crazy that nobody is talking about Jon Runyan’s son Jon Runyan Jr being a starter on the Packers. He suspended the Bucs best offensive playmaker the week they play the Packers. Obvious collusion. Regardless of whether you think he deserves to be suspended, that’s clearly not right.

  2. firerogergoodell says:
    September 20, 2022 at 6:31 pm
    It’s crazy that nobody is talking about Jon Runyan’s son Jon Runyan Jr being a starter on the Packers. He suspended the Bucs best offensive playmaker the week they play the Packers. Obvious collusion. Regardless of whether you think he deserves to be suspended, that’s clearly not right.

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    While I agree with you that he should recognize the conflict and recuse himself to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, pretty much anyone else serving in his place that looks at that film is going to suspend him. I would, even as my heart wants him to play I would still think its the right decision.

    But I would have suspended Lattimore too for punching Fournier.

    I also submit that by coming in and putting Latimore on the ground like that Evans might have saved his life. Because he removed Lattimore from being in front of the just punched Fournier.

  3. firerogergoodell says:
    September 20, 2022 at 6:31 pm
    It’s crazy that nobody is talking about Jon Runyan’s son Jon Runyan Jr being a starter on the Packers. He suspended the Bucs best offensive playmaker the week they play the Packers. Obvious collusion. Regardless of whether you think he deserves to be suspended, that’s clearly not right.
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    Tell us all about the collusion and not being right, since it won’t be someone with the last name of Runyon making the final decision on the appeal.

  4. To firerodgergoodell: Read the article again, wait don’t bother it says James Thrash will be making the decision in the penalty. Good Lord people READ before you hit send.

  5. It doesn’t matter who gave the suspension or who hears the appeal. Evans has a history of this behavior and if he is not given a stiffer penalty or bigger fine he will continue to act this way. Why he decided to do this crap the week before the Packers game is just a coincidence, but probably not the last time he does.

  6. Lattimore didn’t punch anybody. How is this still a thing? There’s plenty of video showing he didn’t punch anyone.

  7. Jon Runyan and Bucs Hall-of-Famer Derrick Brooks would have been the ones to decide—Brooks recused himself, not so Runyan

  8. When will Arians get some kind of suspension for being where he has no place being, on the white area of the sideline, and creating the whole situation in the first place. Dude is lucky Brady let him be a pretend head coach for a while as it is.

  9. Lattimore should have been suspended as well,but they usually get the retaliator,not the the instigator.

  10. I guess I wouldnt have a problem with Evans being suspended IF Lattimore was getting the same suspension. Both were ejected, both should be fined and/or suspended.

  11. Some have said that perhaps Evan just lost his balance while he was trying to stop to break up the altercation and accidentally touched Lattimore a little bit and he slipped on the grass.

  12. its a joke, aaron donald gets no punishment for his actions bc the NFL cannot do anything, which is stupid to begin with and he was weilding a weapon no matter how you chop it up. Fine the players involved but let them play if the NFL can’t punish players equally.

  13. The “collusion” conspiracy people are ignoring the repeated behavior that got the player in trouble in the first place, again. Rule-makers don’t suspend players, players suspend players.

  14. Usually if someone gets suspended for the same thing more than once it’s a harsher punishment… but nooooooo, NFL and the refs cater to Tom Brady. What about that tablet he threw? NFL is soft against elite players.

  15. Tom Brady calls Mike Evans suspension “ridiculous”. Tommy wouldn’t be saying that if he was the one who got decked. No way no how.

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