Pryor and Koppen placed on injured reserve


Pryor and Koppen placed on injured reserve

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO -- The season has ended for a couple of the Patriots' trench guys.
Defensive tackle Myron Pryor and center Dan Koppen have both been placed on injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday. Pryor had an injured groin going into the Chargers game last weekend then appeared to aggravate it before halftime and did not return. However, the Patriots list Pryor as having a shoulder injury.
The third-year player was really playing well in the Patriots' defensive line rotation throughout camp and into the first game of the regular season. His ability to bring inside pressure on third downs will be missed, especially since Mike Wright has been down with a concussion. Those two are the team's best young interior rushers. The Patriots re-signed defensive tackle Landon Cohen who they released just before the season to try and mitigate the loss of the interior pass rushers. As for Koppen, we reported that the injury he suffered against Miami was an 8-to-10 week convalesence. The Patriots have decided they couldn't wait, it seems. Especially not with the rampant thumb injuries on their defense. So they cleared a roster spot by IR'ing Koppen and have signed former 49ers defensive back Phillip Adams. He was a seventh-round pick in 2010 out of South Carolina. With both Josh Barrett and Patrick Chung -- the team's starting safeties -- playing with casts on their right arms, Adams has likely been brought in to help lift the special teams load for those players. Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


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.