The Washington Post

Bucs’ Evans loses appeal, will not play vs. Packers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Green Bay Packers without leading receiver Mike Evans, whose appeal of a one-game suspension for his role in an on-field brawl was denied Wednesday.

The NFL discipline­d the eighttime, 1,000-yard wideout for “violations of unnecessar­y roughness and unsportsma­nlike conduct rules” after Evans knocked New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore to the ground, escalating a dust-up that began with Tom Brady exchanging words with the Saints star.

The confrontat­ion between Brady and Lattimore escalated when Bucs running back Leonard Fournette shoved the Saints cornerback, who in turn shoved Fournette before Evans intervened and knocked Lattimore to the turf.

While Evans and Lattimore were both ejected, Lattimore wasn’t suspended.

Former Bucs coach Bruce Arians, now a member of the team’s front office, received a “strongly written letter” from the NFL warning him about his sideline behavior for arguing with officials during the incident.

With wide receivers Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) still dealing with injuries after sitting out last week at New Orleans, the Bucs signed veteran Cole Beasley to the practice squad.

LLCHARGERS: Quarterbac­k Justin Herbert was mainly a bystander as Los Angeles went through its first practice in preparatio­n for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonvil­le Jaguars.

Herbert did some handoffs to running backs but did not do any throwing during the portion of practice open to the media. Herbert suffered fractured rib cartilage after taking a hit during the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

Coach Brandon Staley said Herbert did some light throwing Tuesday but his status remains day-to-day.

TITANS: Three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan (knee injury) did not practice Wednesday as Tennessee went through a walk-through session, and his status for Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders remains uncertain.

RAMS: Los Angeles reserve tight end Brycen Hopkins was suspended three games without pay for violating the NFL’S substance abuse policy.

Hopkins will be eligible to return when the Rams host the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 16.

A fourth-round draft pick from Purdue in 2020, Hopkins has one reception for nine yards in 12 career regular season games. He caught all four passes thrown his way for 47 yards in the Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals in February, stepping up after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. injured his knee.

BROWNS: Joe Haden, a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback during his seven seasons with Cleveland, will sign a one-day contract so he can retire as a member of the team that drafted him in the first round in 2007.

The Browns will honor the 33-year-old Haden at a game later this season.

Haden (Friendly High) was a productive and popular player during his time in Cleveland. He made 81 starts, played in 90 games and made 19 intercepti­ons before the Browns released him before the 2017 season.

After he was cut by the Browns, who were beginning a painful rebuild, Haden quickly signed with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers and played in 68 games before the team decided not to re-sign him after last season. Haden had 10 intercepti­ons with the Steelers.

The Browns selected Haden with the No. 7 pick in 2010 after he starred at Florida.

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