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Lynch case should be resolved this week
Posted Jun. 21 at 04:58 AM
According to a report in the Buffalo News, Marshawn Lynch is expected to plead guilty in a hit-and-run incident involving his vehicle several weeks ago. It's not clear what, exactly, he'll plead guilty to, but it will probably be a lesser, misdemeanor charge which according to the district attorney, "will resolve this matter." In that case, Lynch won't have to worry about a trial or any chance of jail time, which seemed more likely initially amid reports that he wasn't cooperating with authorities.
It's less clear how the NFL, and commissioner Roger Goodell, will react. It's possible Lynch could face a one-game suspension -- certainly no more than two -- although it's just as possible he won't be suspended at all. It would be Lynch's first off-field incident in the league.
Most fantasy owners will know if Lynch will miss any time well in advance of their drafts. Even a one-game suspension could actually benefit those owners interested in selecting Lynch, as he could be available a few spots later (he currently seems to be viewed in most drafts as a late first-round pick). Those who select Lynch will want to use a later pick on backup Fred Jackson, who performed very well in Lynch's absence a year ago. Jackson's a viable late-round pick regardless, with Lynch having somewhat of an injury history dating back to college. Jackson averaged 5.2 yards per carry a year ago, compared to Lynch's 4.0.
Matt Gryta's story in the Buffalo News can be seen at this link.
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