The San Francisco 49ers announce Friday that LB Aaron Lynch has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Lynch will be eligible to return to the 49ers active roster on Monday, October 3 following the team’s Week 4 game against the Cowboys. Lynch can participate in the team’s offseason and preseason practices as well as preseason games.
49ers GM Trent Baalke issued the following statement regarding the news:
“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.”
Lynch, 23, is a former fifth-round pick of the 49ers back in 2014. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.418 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $600,000 for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Lynch appeared in 14 games for the 49ers and recorded 38 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and three pass defenses.