Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans punched Broncos tight end Jake Butt in the head Monday night during the first half of their season-opening clash.
Evans, an integral member of Tennessee’s defense, seemed to overreact to a normal tangling of bodies after a play; he was at first assessed a normal personal foul penalty before the NFL’s remote replay center upgraded the call to an ejection.
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Soon after Evans got the boot, Broncos quarterback Drew Lock found tight end Noah Fant over the middle for a go-ahead touchdown pass.
Evans made 111 tackles in 2019 and doled out eight quarterback hits. He was a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2018.
Butt, the recipient of the punch, made the Broncos roster this year after tearing his ACL for a third time last summer.
Twitter took Evans to task while making fun of Butt for his enthusiastic snitching:
— Steve Layman (@SteveLayman) September 15, 2020
Evans told reporters after the game that he overreacted after the play. He also said he apologized to his teammates.
“All I can do right now is just keep doing what I’ve been doing and stay focused,” he said, per the Tennessean.