ALAMEDA, Calif. — Running back Marshawn Lynch’s one-game suspension has been upheld, officially rendering him unavailable for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, an NFL spokesman announced on Tuesday.
The Raiders expected as much but hoped to learn for certain in a timely fashion. They now have all week to prepare running backs Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale to carry the load in Buffalo.
On Monday, Lynch had an appeal hearing for the league suspension, which was imposed last Friday.
The punishment was tied to the 31-year-old having run onto the field from the sideline on Thursday to intervene as a peacemaker in a skirmish during a 31-30 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Lynch made contact with an official in the process, drawing a 15-yard flag and automatic ejection.
Because the one-game suspension is unpaid, he will lose $110,662 in combined salary and roster bonus earnings.
Lynch is scheduled to return on Nov. 5 against the Miami Dolphins.