A brawl almost broke out in the third quarter after Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston poked the Saints' Marshon Lattimore on the back of his head. "Your conduct clearly did not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional", NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in the release.
Evans was visibly surprised he was allowed to stay in Sunday's game. Then, star wide receiver Mike Evans was issued his suspension. He said he was telling Lattimore to go to his sideline, and that Evans responded when "Marshon Lattimore pushed his quarterback". Evans was not ejected from the game despite hitting Lattimore.
The Bucs got stomped by the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday afternoon, trailing 30-3 in the third quarter, but after quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took a shot, a fight broke out on the sidelines. "Then Mike Evans came and snapped me from behind".
Jameis Winston on sideline in second half after hard hits by Saints
Winston suffered a sprained AC joint in the shoulder of his right throwing arm three weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals . The Bucs also plan to activate third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin, who is on injured reserve but can return.
"If there's not an ejection in that situation then I don't know when there's supposed to be an ejection", he said after the game.
Lattimore turned to Winston and shoved him before Evans delivered a blow he said was "kind of malicious". "And maybe Jameis should have been ejected", he said.
Koetter addressed the team about their on-field behavior on Monday. The visual of Evans' shove of Lattimore can be seen at about the 13-second mark of the video.