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NFL Announces Official Decision On Mike Evans' Punishment

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 15: Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Tensions were running high during Sunday's AFC South battle between the Buccaneers and Saints. Mike Evans let his emotions get the best of him when New Orleans defensive back Marshon Lattimore and Tom Brady went at it. 

Evans intervened by shoving Lattimore to the ground and a brawl then commenced. The NFL is punishing Evans for his actions. 

The NFL has made an official punishment decision for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver. Evans is getting hit with a one-game suspension. 

"Breaking: Mike Evans is suspended one game for Sunday's unnecessary roughness with Marshon Lattimore," Adam Schefter reports.

If there is any consolation prize for Mike Evans, it's that he won't be losing too much of his salary for missing one game. 

"Bucs receiver Mike Evans is suspended without pay Sunday -- he had reduced his base salary to a league minimum $1.12 million, so he only loses $62,200 as a result of suspension. Next year, base salary is $13 million, so he'd lose more than 10 times as much with a suspension," said Greg Auman. 

This is a big loss for the Bucs, who face the Green Bay Packers in Week 3. It wouldn't be much of a surprise if Evans appeals.