Marshawn Lynch didn’t see much action on Thursday night, when his Oakland Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs.
The running back carried the ball just two times for nine years before he was ejected. Lynch rushed in from the sideline to defend fellow Oakland native Marcus Peters, who had just delivered a shot to Derek Carr’s helmet — drawing a flag of his own.
On Friday, the NFL suspended Lynch for one game for his actions during the skirmish, when he shoved an official.
The league heard Lynch’s appeal on Monday, when Peters testified on his behalf. A decision is expected to be made today.
“[It] would be the fairest thing so that the team can prepare,” head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters.
Lynch’s teammate, left tackle Donald Penn, recently made a case for the running back on the NFL Network.
“I don’t think Marshawn knew that was a ref until it was too late,” Penn said. “He just thought it was another player, just trying to get them all off and get things separated. He’s going to learn from it, man, we’re going to move on. They’re all good friends. I’m just sad Marshawn wasn’t able to finish the game because I know how much Oakland means to him and how much that win means to him.”
According to ESPN, Lynch’s reason for appeal was that he was trying to calm Peters and the situation on the field. He also pointed to there being no precedent for a one-game suspension for making contact with a referee.
Despite winning the game, 31-30, the Raiders struggled to move the ball on the ground against the Chiefs. Oakland finished the contest with just 88 yards on 21 carries.