Marshawn Lynch suspended for behavior during Chiefs-Raiders game

Marshawn Lynch suspended for behavior during Chiefs-Raiders game

Marshawn Lynch suspended for behavior during Chiefs-Raiders game

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

During the second quarter of the game, Lynch ran onto the field to get involved in a scrum that started after Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was flagged for a late hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Jon Runyan, NFL Vice President of Football Operations, issued the following statement about Lynch's actions against the Chiefs.

Initial speculation focused on Lynch apparently protecting Carr, but Oakland left tackle Donald Penn speculated that Lynch was trying to protect Peters, who is a cousin of Lynch and two are from Oakland.

Lynch will now miss next week's matchup against the Buffalo Bills as a result of the suspension. After seeing some Raiders offensive linemen take offense after Peters' hit, Lynch came out in what appeared to be an effort to play peacemaker before grabbing the official. The Raiders play at the Buffalo Bills on October 29 before spending a week at the IMG Academy in Florida in advance of a Sunday night game at the Miami Dolphins on November 5.

Runyan also wrote that Lynch was "the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insider himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved".

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National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart told reporters on a conference call Friday that the National Football League is considering possibility of fining and suspended Lynch for his actions.

After temporarily retiring in 2016, Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on a 3.7-yards-per-carry average to go along with four receptions for 38 yards in 2017.

"He just got caught up in the moment, trying to protect his cousin", Penn said.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch was clearly happy about the Raiders win Thursday night, but he had little to do with the win.

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