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Mike Evans suspension upheld, won’t play Week 3 vs. Packers

The Buccaneers will be down their top receiver against the Packers in Week 3.

Wednesday update: Evans’ appeal was denied. He will sit out Week 3 against the Packers.

Update: Mike Evans does plan to appeal his one game suspension, per Tom Pelissero. He likely won’t succeed in getting it removed.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has been suspended for one game after a fight during their Week 2 matchup with the New Orleans Saints, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Evans, who has always had a beef with Saints CB Marshon Lattimore, helped start the fight, but also took a swing, which is likely what got him the suspension.

Evans will miss a big game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday and his absence will make an already thin receiving corps even thinner. Right now every starter in Week 1 is either hurt or suspended.

Julio Jones missed Week 3 with a knee injury, while Chris Godwin was out with a hamstring. Many of the receivers were considered questionable on the injury report, but Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller were able to play. Jones could return for this week, but Godwin seems like more of a long shot. Miller took over Jones’ role, so if he returns, we would likely have Jones, Perriman and Gage as the starting three against the Packers.