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San Francisco 49ers LB Aaron Lynch Suspended 4 Games

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) -- San Francisco 49ers starting linebacker Aaron Lynch has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2016 regular season for violating the NFL substance abuse policy, the team announced Friday.

A 2014 5th round pick by the 49ers, Lynch emerged during the 2014-2015 as one of the team's mainstays. He collected 30 solo tackles, eight assists and had 6.5 sacks.

"While disappointed to hear the news regarding Aaron today, we support and respect the league's decision," said San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke in a prepared statement. "We are confident that he will learn from this matter and that he understands what is expected of him moving forward."

Lynch will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. However, when the regular season starts he will have to sit out the 4 games. He will be able to return to the 49ers' active roster on Monday, October 3 following the team's October 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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