Marshawn Lynch's one-game suspension upheld

Marshawn Lynch will not play Sunday for the Oakland Raiders against the Buffalo Bills, as his one-game suspension has been upheld.

Lynch received the punishment after deliberately making contact with one of the officials during last Thursday’s Raiders-Kansas City Chiefs game. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Oakland quarterback Derek Carr late, and some Raiders players confronted Lynch, who is very close to Peters. Lynch ran off the sideline and ended up shoving and grabbing back judge Greg Steed.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch made contact with back judge Greg Steed during the first half of last Thursday’s game against the Chiefs. (AP)

He was ejected from the game, though he later was spotted in the stands watching the thrilling end to the game and took the BART home with fans.

Lynch’s appeal was heard by former player James Thrash, who is jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association to be an appeals officer.

The 31-year-old reportedly argued that there were nine players who made contact with officials last season, including the Rams’ Aaron Donald and Tennessee’s Taylor Lewan, and none of them were suspended. Peters also spoke on Lynch’s behalf.

Thrash was unmoved, and the Raiders will be without Lynch in Buffalo on Sunday afternoon. Lynch began his career with the Bills in 2007, when the team made him the 12th overall pick in the draft.

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