Tom Brady Shares Controversial Opinion About Mike Evans Punching A Saints Player

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be even more undermanned when they host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, as star WR Mike Evans was suspended one game without pay "for violations of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules."

Evans shoved Saints DB Marshon Lattimore to the ground in what's now the third on-field altercation between the two. They were both ejected, but Evans was the only player suspended after he stood up for Tom Brady.

Brady Claims Evans' Suspension Is Ridiculous

Lattimore got into Brady's face and things escalated quickly. Evans shoved him to the ground and even said, “It’s Tom Brady. What do you want me to do?” when an official confronted him.

Needless to say, that didn't go unnoticed by his quarterback, who vowed his support for him and deemed the suspension ridiculous:

“I love Mike. in the end, emotions are a part of sports. Sometimes they boil over and they obviously did yesterday. And it’s an unfortunate circumstance. I don’t think it deserved any type of suspension. I think that’s ridiculous," Brady said on his podcast.

Todd Bowles Wasn't Happy

Buccaneers Head Coach Todd Bowles wasn't as supportive of Evans, though. He claims the team doesn't condone such behavior and called him out for hurting their chances ahead of next season's game:

"We don't want any fighting in our game because we lose a good player. It doesn't help our team. We don't condone that, we don't teach that, we don't want that in our game," Bowles said.

A Decision Could Come Today

Evans appealed the suspension on Tuesday and a decision could come as soon as today, although it's unlikely that the league changes its mind.

"The NFL is not anticipating a ruling on Mike Evans’ appeal of a one-game suspension today, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports," wrote Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk. "Former NFL receiver James Thrash heard Evans’ appeal Tuesday. It seems likely a decision will come Wednesday as the Bucs begin their on-field work for Sunday’s game against the Packers."

Bucs Won't Take Any Chances

The Bucs can't afford to lose another wideout, so they signed veteran Cole Beasley to the practice squad and could elevate him to the active roster if Evans is forced to miss Sunday's contest.

They're already without Julio Jones and Chris Godwin, and their offense has looked out of sync through the first two games of the season, even when Evans was on the gridiron.