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Aaron Lynch suspended four games for violating NFL substance abuse policy

Aaron Lynch will miss the first four games of the season following what would not be his first violation of the substance abuse policy.

Welp, so much for a quiet offseason. The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. There is no word on what specific drug caused the suspension, but a four-game suspension means this is not his first violation of the policy.

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General manager Trent Baalke had this statement:

“While disappointed to hear the news regarding Aaron today, we support and respect the league’s decision. We are confident that he will learn from this matter and that he understands what is expected of him moving forward.”

It’d be nice if Lynch learned from this, but it would seem he hasn’t learned from previous violations. And so now he will sit for four games. He will be allowed to participate in training camp and preseason games, but then the Monday before Week 1 the suspension begins. The 49ers will get a free spot on the roster, which means they will make roster cuts following the final preseason game, and then depending on when they place Lynch on the Reserve/Suspended list, sign back a player.

At this point, it would seem like Ahmad Brooks and Eli Harold will be the starting outside linebackers once the season starts. Tank Carradine would be the first guy off the bench, and now Corey Lemonier, Marcus Rush, Jason Fanaika, and Lenny Jones all have a significantly better chance of earning a roster spot.