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San Francisco 49ers' Aaron Lynch suspended four games

By The Sports Xchange
San Francisco 49ers' Aaron Lynch suspended four games
San Francisco 49ers Aaron Lynch (59) leaps over sacked Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on November 29, 2015. The play was nullified by a penalty as the Cardinals defeated the 49ers 19-13. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch was suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced Friday.

"While disappointed to hear the news regarding Aaron today, we support and respect the league's decision," 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."

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Lynch, 23, will be eligible to return to the 49ers roster on October 3, following the team's October 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Lynch can participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.

Lynch, a fifth-round pick in 2014 NFL Draft, was an effective pass-rusher for the 49ers in 2015, which was his second season in the league. He played in 14 games last season, including 13 starts, and had 6.5 sacks.

As a rookie in 2014, Lynch had six sacks in 16 games, including three starts.

Lynch began his collegiate football career at Notre Dame but was dismissed from the team and transferred to South Florida. He was considered a potential first-round NFL talent who dropped in the draft because of his issues at Notre Dame.

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