NFL hits WR Evans with 1-game ban

The Associated PressTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NFL suspended Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans for one game Monday for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness in the Buccaneers’ loss at New Orleans.

Evans ran up from behind and knocked over Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore after a confrontation between Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who was on the sideline because of a sore shoulder, and Lattimore.

“During the third quarter, after a play had ended, you struck an unsuspecting opponent in the back, knocking him to the ground,” Jon Runyan, the league’s vice president of football operations, wrote to Evans.

“Your conduct clearly did not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”

Evans was penalized but not ejected from the Saints’ 30-10 victory. He will miss the Bucs’ home game against the Jets on Sunday and can return to the active roster next Monday.

But he can appeal the suspension within three days.

Green faces fine for fracas

CINCINNATI (AP) — Receiver A.J. Green faces a fine but no suspension from his on-field fight with Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the defining moment of the Bengals’ biggest meltdown of the season.

Green grabbed Ramsey around the neck, threw him to the ground and punched him in the helmet late in the first half of a 23-7 loss in Jacksonville on Sunday.

He and Ramsey — who started the altercation by pushing Green to the ground — were ejected from the game.

Green is known as one of the Bengals’ most even-tempered players.

He apologized after the game for his outburst, prompted by Ramsey’s trash-talking and his shove. Both sat out the second half of the game, and neither was suspended on Monday.

Coach Marvin Lewis declined to discuss Green’s actions after the game and then again on Monday, after he’d had a chance to watch the video.

“He’s disappointed,” Lewis said. “He’s apologized for his actions.”Speech

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