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Patriots reportedly work out four quarterbacks, including Matt Barkley

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Patriots reportedly work out four quarterbacks, including Matt Barkley

FOXBORO -- The Patriots worked out quarterbacks Matt Barkley, Matt McGloin and David Fales on Friday, according to Field Yates of ESPN. 

The biggest name of the three, Barkley was the No. 1 high school prospect in the country heading into his college career at USC, but has bounced around the league since being taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He spent two seasons with Philadelphia before being traded to the Cardinals in 2015. After one year in Arizona, he was released and signed by the Bears. 

Barkley made the only six starts of his career with Chicago last season, throwing eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He signed a two-year deal with the 49ers over the summer but was released last week. 

McGloin served as a backup for the Raiders the last four seasons, starting six games in 2013 and one last season after Derek Carr went down. He suffered a shoulder injury in his lone start last season, giving way for Connor Cook to start in the team’s playoff loss to the Texans. 

A sixth-round pick of the Bears in 2014, Fales has spent time with the Ravens and Dolphins in addition to his two stints in Chicago. He took his only pro snaps last season, throwing five passes in a game against the Vikings. 

Earlier Friday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Pats worked out wide receiver Jordan Payton, a sixth-round pick of the Browns from UCLA in 2016 who played four games for Cleveland last season, and QB Thad Lewis, who last played in a regular-season game for the Bills in 2013.

 

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

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Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.

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