Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly won’t receive a suspension or face any other possible discipline this season in the wake of his July DUI arrest, according to a report Sunday from CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora:
The NFL will wait for the legal case to be resolved — which is likely going to occur some time in 2013 — so Lynch is in the clear this season.
Given his checkered past and most recent DUI incident, Lynch is “a candidate for suspension,” according to La Canfora. In 2009, he was found guilty of a misdemeanor gun charge and was suspended for the first three games of the Buffalo Bills’ season.
But this is his only DUI charge, which is considered by the NFL to be a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, so it’s likely that he will face the standard punishment of being docked two games worth of salary. He has already met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss this latest incident.
Lynch had a career-high 1,204 rushing yards last season, as well as 12 touchdowns. In March, he signed a four-year, $31 million extension with the Seahawks.