NFL reinstates Evans
Titans lineman allowed to return after sitting out 2000
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Josh Evans has been reinstated by the NFL after completing a year's suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy a third time.
Evans was told last March that he had failed the drug test, and was suspended about three months later.
Titans general manager Floyd Reese said the reinstatement is good news.
"In the next week, we will need to work out some details both financially and personally," Reese said Friday in a statement. "But we are hopeful we will reach an agreement that is best for the Titans and for Josh."
Evans, a five-year NFL veteran who now has one year left on his contract, had said he believed prescribed medication might have accounted for the positive test.
He missed the first four games of the 1999 season while serving a suspension for his second substance-abuse violation.
Even though he did not play until Oct. 10, Evans started 10 games and had 54 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks. The 6-foot, 288-pound Evans started Tennessee's four playoff games, including the Super Bowl loss to St. Louis.