Valentine still missing from Patriots practice, Fleming returns


Valentine still missing from Patriots practice, Fleming returns

FOXBORO -- The Patriots could be down one of their defensive tackles when the Chiefs visit Gillette Stadium on Thursday night. 

During the team's final practice of the week before its season-opener, Vincent Valentine (knee) was not spotted. The second-year lineman out of Nebraska did not participate in Monday's practice, and his absence could mean there's more work to be taken on by Alan Branch, Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy.

Undrafted rookie defensive lineman Adam Butler could see some additional action as well, and defensive ends Deatrich Wise and Trey Flowers could spend some time inside against Kansas City. 

Cameron Fleming, who missed Monday's workout, was present for the practice. 

The Patriots practiced in shells and shorts on the Gillette Stadium game turf, giving themselves a better feel for what they'll see on Thursday night as oppose to if they practiced on the grass fields behind the stadium.

The Patriots also made a practice-squad move with offensive lineman Willie Beavers present at the session, taking the spot once occupied by linebacker Trevor Bates.

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.