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NFL notebook: 49ers LB Lynch suspended 4 games

July 17,2016 08:08

While Lynch is eligible to participate in training camp as well as preseason games, he will leave the team before the regular-season opener against the visiting Los Angeles Rams. He is eligible to return Oct. 3, the day after the 49ers' Week 4 game ...



49ers linebacker Lynch is suspendedSan Francisco linebacker Aaron Lynch will miss the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy on substance abuse, the league announced.Lynch played in 14 games and made 13 starts at outside linebacker last season and had 6 1/2 sacks after having six sacks as a rookie from South Florida in 2014.
While Lynch is eligible to participate in training camp as well as preseason games, he will leave the team before the regular-season opener against the visiting Los Angeles Rams. He is eligible to return Oct. 3, the day after the 49ers’ Week 4 game against Dallas.In the 2014 NFL draft, Lynch slipped into the fifth round, taken with the 150th pick, because of character concerns.“While disappointed to hear the news regarding Aaron today, we support and respect the league’s decision,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We are confident that he will learn from this matter and that he understands what is expected of him moving forward.”
The suspension is a blow to the 49ers’ pass rush, with the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Lynch considered their best outside threat. He shared the team lead in sacks the past two seasons with Ahmad Brooks.No Cowboys decision on McClain • Dallas has not made a decision on Rolando McClain’s future, according to sources. Many in the organization want the starting middle linebacker released, but financial implications prevent the Cowboys from moving on from McClain immediately.
The NFL suspended McClain for 10 games on June 30 for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the team’s ultimate decision-maker, remains McClain’s biggest supporter within the organization. Jones talked McClain out of retirement in 2014, and McClain has started 23 games for the Cowboys over the past two seasons.On March 9, Dallas re-signed McClain to a one-year, $4 million contract that included a $750,000 signing bonus.Wire services

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