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Edwards: team will have to handle any Lynch suspension

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2009 – 5:50 pm

Bills quarterback Trent Edwards was asked about how he and his team intend to handle a potential league suspension of Marshawn Lynch after his meeting with Commissioner Goodell last week.

“Obviously, he’s a big part of our offense,” said Edwards. “He’s one of those players that can change the nature of the game and change defenses. Having that type of player on the field in the offensive backfield gives the defense one more thing to worry about, it keeps the defensive coordinator up later at night, and it keeps the defensive players thinking about one more extra weapon.

“And not having him for, I don’t know what the situation is, I haven’t been following it too closely, but hopefully we won’t miss him for any time, but however much time that is, we’re, just like we say with any other injured player, we need other guys in the system to step up, and I know Fred (Jackson) and Bruce (Hall) and Xavier (Omon) and those guys will definitely fill in if Marshawn’s not there.”

Whatever comes down the pike in the next week or so for Lynch will have an impact. He’s been the team’s leading scorer each of the past two years not counting Rian Lindell. And he accounts for about a third of their offense. Of course Fred Jackson has proven more than capable of filling in for Lynch when he’s gone down with injury.

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