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NFL Suspendes Titans’ Evans

March 1, 2000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Josh Evans, a defensive tackle with the Tennessee Titans, was suspended for the 2000 season by the NFL for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, The Tennessean reported for its Wednesday editions.

Evans was suspended for the first four games of the 1999 season, making his next positive test a suspension for a full year. The newspaper said NFL sources confirmed that Evans has appealed the suspension.

The violation allegedly occurred during the playoffs.

Evans, Titans coach Jeff Fisher and team president Jeff Diamond couldn’t be reached Tuesday night. The team is prohibited by the league from commenting on suspensions resulting from the substance-abuse policy.

Following his earlier suspension, Evans wasn’t allowed to practice with the team until Oct. 4, playing his first game Oct. 10 at Baltimore.

Evans started 10 games, making 54 tackles with 3 1/2 sacks. He started Tennessee’s four playoff games, including the Super Bowl loss to St. Louis.

The 6-foot, 288-pound Evans, who played at Alabama-Birmingham, was signed as a rookie free agent by Dallas in 1995. The Cowboys released him before the season and he has played with the Houston-Nashville franchise since.

Evans is the second Tennessee player to be suspended for substance abuse since the franchise moved from Houston to Nashville in 1995. Defensive end Kendrick Burton, a fourth-round draft pick in the 1996 draft, was suspended for the 1997 season.

Burton participating in minicamps and training camp in 1998, but was released before the start of the 1998 season.

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