Well, here we go again. Another off-field disturbance during the NFL lull.
No charges were levied and today the skirmish has evaporated into a footnote.
But Saturday morning, another star on the Bills' offense had his name tied to a police report.
A sports utility vehicle registered to running back Marshawn Lynch was involved in a hit-and-run accident at around 3:30 a.m. Saturday at an intersection near Buffalo's downtown bar district - by the corner of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street. According to Buffalo Police Department spokesman Mike DeGeorge, it's unknown whether Lynch was driving or even a passenger in the SUV when the collision occurred. DeGeorge refused to indicate if he has tried to get in touch with the running back.
Lynch and his agent, Michael Sullivan, have been unavailable for comment. Team spokesman Scott Berchtold said that Lynch's attorney was out of town and will deal with the situation when he returns. For now, the Bills are staying mum on the subject.
The woman pedestrian hit by Lynch's vehicle was injured but has since been treated and released from the hospital. After the initial hit, she laid on the ground for several minutes before getting up under her own power.
Lynch is unquestionably the linchpin of Buffalo's young offense. Last season the rookie rushed for 1,115 yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound 2006 first-round pick averaged four yards per carry, while rushing for at least 100 yards in three games. He did so without a true fullback in Steve Fairchild's offense last season – a role new offensive coordinator Turk Schonert vows to bring back.
Stay tuned to the BFR for any and all updates regarding Lynch's SUV hit-and-run.