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NFL Suspends Josh Evans for Year

March 1, 2000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Josh Evans, a starting defensive tackle with the Tennessee Titans, was suspended for the 2000 season by the NFL for violating the substance-abuse policy, league sources confirmed today.

Evans had been suspended for the first four games of the 1999 season, making his next positive test a suspension for a full year.

He is appealing and the NFL does not announce suspensions until the appeal process is complete. However, sources confirmed a report by The Tennessean in today’s editions that Evans had been notified of the suspension.

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

Mitchell Frankel, Evans’ agent, did not return phone calls this morning.

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.

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