NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Buccaneers star receiver Mike Evans was in street clothes, in the shadow of a tunnel leading to the visitor’s locker room in the Superdome, when Tom Brady tr
For the second time in his NFL career, Evans was ejected from a game in New Orleans for running in to level Saints star cornerback Marshon Lattimore during dead-ball scuffling invo
This time, Evans’ actions might have helped his team’s cause more than they hurt. Lattimore also was ejected — a decision that left a number of Saints players embittered.
The game was tied 3-3 when the melee broke out. Tampa Bay went on to win, 20-10. “It was a cheap shot,” Saints running back Mark Ingram said of Evans’ initial run at Lattimor
“For you to come in and blindside somebody, I mean, I don’t understand what you’re supposed to do?” Ingram continued. “If somebody comes and just cheap-shots you, nobody
Lattimore did not speak with reporters after the game. Evans did, and said he thought he saw Lattimore throw a punch and felt compelled to defend his teammates.
Saints safety Marcus Maye then tried to grab Evans, only to have Evans slam him to the turf while both were engulfed by a swarm of players from both teams.
Officials conferred and elected to asses offsetting personal fouls on just Evans and Lattimore, and ejected both.
“We will see what happens with the league, but I haven’t seen the tape,” Bowles said. “It’s an emotional game. You don’t want punches thrown on either side and I’m su
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