Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has been suspended for one game for making physical contact with a referee, the league announced Tuesday (Oct. 23).
Lynch will not play this Sunday when the Raiders take on his former team the Buffalo Bills.
Last Thursday during the Raiders comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Lynch ran onto the field and into a scuffle after Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late, drawing a penalty. Several Raiders lineman went after Peters, an Oakland native and cousin of Lynch’s. Lynch grabbed line judge Julian Mapp by the jersey before letting go and tending to Peters.
In an appeal hearing Monday, Lynch argued that nine other players have made contact with officials in the past and none have been suspended, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Peters reportedly argued on Lynch’s behalf during the hearing, telling appeals officer James Thrash that Lynch was trying to calm him down. However, the fact that he ran off the sidelines to join the fray made the infraction worthy of a suspension.