Buccaneers’ Mike Evans loses one-game suspension appeal

TAMPA, Florida (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Green Bay Packers without main receiver Mike Evans, whose appeal was denied with a one-game suspension for his role in an on-court brawl on Wednesday.

The NFL disciplined the eight-time, 1,000-yard receiver for “violating the rules of unnecessary conduct and unsportsmanlike roughness” after Evans knocked Marshawn Lattimore in New Orleans to the ground, escalating tension that began with Tom Brady as he exchanges words with the Saints star.

Bruce Arians, the former head coach of Tampa Bay, also heard from the league, who investigated the altercation that led to the dismissal of Evans and Latimore, who Boca felt should have been punished for their pass interference in the previous play.

An animator, Ariana, can be seen on the sidelines complaining to officials about the lack of communication. Bucs said he watched the match from the field because the Saints didn’t provide him and general manager Jason Licht with Skybox.

“Like I said, it’s usually upstairs. That’s the only time he’s been in the basement,” said coach Todd Bowles, who was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach when Arians retired and became Yacht’s senior assistant.

“We usually handle our side streak very well,” Bowles added. “Everyone is angry. We have to have better composure on the sidelines as players and coaches.”