During the Raiders shocking 31-30 win over the Chiefs on Thursday, Marshawn Lynch was ejected after he shoved a ref.
Today, the NFL suspended Lynch one game without pay for unsportsmanlike conduct.
After Derek Carr took a hit from Marcus Peters, the Raiders offensive line – mainly Donald Penn and Kelechi Osemele – confronted Peters. The shoving led to the refs getting involved and ultimately Lynch.
The Raiders running back was not on the field for the play. He threw his helmet on and sprinted onto the field to insert himself in the confrontation. He may have been attempting to protect Peters, his cousin, rather than any of his own teammates.
“I don’t have any problem with Marcus coming in and hitting me,” Carr said. “He knows that and I told him. I said, ‘I’ve got no issue, man. Play ball.’ Obviously Marshawn came out and did his thing. Obviously, you never want a guy to get kicked out. That stinks, but just from knowing him, I know that he was out there just taking care of us.”
Lynch was ejected in the second quarter turning the running back duties over to DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. But prior to the ejection, Lynch had only received two carries, while Richard and Washington had combined for eight.
The Raiders were not using Lynch very much prior to losing him for the game. And now with a trip to Buffalo in week eight, Lynch will not be able to face his first NFL team.
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