Both Evans and Saints CB Marshon Lattimore were ejected after fighting early in the fourth quarter. Lattimore started exchanging words with and shoving some other Bucs players, then Evans charged off of the sidelines and knocked over Lattimore, sparking a bigger brawl.
Tom Brady made his feelings crystal clear about the suspension in the latest episode of the “Let’s Go!” podcast.
“I love Mike and the fact that Mike would come out there to defend me, it means everything in the world to me as a teammate and a friend. And Mike knows how I feel about him. So, in the end, emotions are a part of sports. Sometimes they boil over, and they obviously did yesterday,” Brady said.
“And it’s an unfortunate circumstance. I don’t think it deserved any type of suspension. I think that’s ridiculous. You know hopefully we can move past it, get to a better place. You know in the end, I appreciate Mike having my back. I know he’ll learn from it. And he knows that we all have is back.”
Evans will be missed greatly next week.
In the last two seasons, with Brady as his quarterback, Evans has tallied 1,041 yards on 144 catches with 27 touchdowns. The team could be without Evans and an injured Chris Godwin for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers.
In 2022, Evans has appeared in two games for the Buccaneers and caught eight passes on 11 targets for 132 yards receiving and one touchdown.