by Russell Preston/KHTK Sacramento

The San Francisco 49ers announced Friday that the NFL has suspended linebacker Aaron Lynch for the first four games of the 2016 season due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

“While disappointed to hear the news regarding Aaron today, we support and respect the league’s decision,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a press release. “We are confident that he will learn from this matter and that he understands what is expected of him moving forward.”

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The third-year linebacker can practice and play in preseason games until the start of the season, then he won’t be able to participate in team activities until practice on Monday, Oct. 3. His first game will most likely be Oct. 6 at Levi’s Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Lynch, 23, has played in 30 games over the last two seasons (16 starts), recording 47 tackles (plus 14 assisted tackles) and 12.5 sacks. He led the team in sacks last season with 6.5 (tied with Ahmad Brooks). His 62 pressures on the quarterback last season were more than all 49ers OLB combined (57).

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