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Bills RB Lynch suspended first 3 games

By Michael Smith

ESPN.com

Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch for the first three games of the 2009 season for violating the league's personal conduct policy, according to sources.

An official announcement could come as soon as Thursday. Lynch is expected to appeal the suspension.

Lynch will lose approximately $112,000 of his $635,000 base salary for 2009 during the suspension.

Lynch was arrested near Los Angeles Feb. 11 and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge. In searching a parked car carrying Lynch, Culver City police found a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun inside a backpack in the trunk.

Prosecutors said the backpack contained other items belonging to Lynch. Police said they also found four marijuana cigarettes in the car, but no drug charges were filed.

After pleading guilty to having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, Lynch was sentenced last month to 80 hours of community service and three years' probation. The Bills' 2007 first-round draft pick also issued an apology.

"I am embarrassed by my recent arrest and conviction," Lynch said. "I deeply regret that I placed myself in this situation."

Lynch met with Goodell at his office in New York on March 17.

It was Lynch's second brush with the law in less than a year. Last June, Lynch pleaded guilty to a traffic violation and admitted driving off after striking a female pedestrian with his car near Buffalo's downtown bar district May 31.

Goodell did not discipline Lynch for the traffic violation after meeting with him at training camp last summer.

Lynch had eight touchdowns and rushed for 1,036 yards last season. He went to his first Pro Bowl game last month, running for a game-high 48 yards during the AFC's 30-21 loss to the NFC.

Michael Smith is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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I wish Goodell would live up to his worlds and be more harsher with these players. **** first time you get a pass. **** that.

1st time: 4 games

2nd time: 8 games

3rd time: Entire season

4th time: Banned for life

Thats how it should be and that is the only way these ****sucking thug turds will learn a lesson.

He should be suspended for 8 games.

With our luck, we will play Buffalo Week 4.

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I wish Goodell would live up to his worlds and be more harsher with these players. **** first time you get a pass. **** that.

1st time: 4 games

2nd time: 8 games

3rd time: Entire season

4th time: Banned for life

Thats how it should be and that is the only way these ****sucking thug turds will learn a lesson.

He should be suspended for 8 games.

With our luck, we will play Buffalo Week 4.

Probably.

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I wish Goodell would live up to his worlds and be more harsher with these players. **** first time you get a pass. **** that.

1st time: 4 games

2nd time: 8 games

3rd time: Entire season

4th time: Banned for life

Thats how it should be and that is the only way these ****sucking thug turds will learn a lesson.

He should be suspended for 8 games.

With our luck, we will play Buffalo Week 4.

I know he's missing the Cheaters game. Just our luck. :roll:

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