San Francisco 49ers

49ers notes: Lynch ending suspension with slimmer physique

Linebacker Aaron Lynch was suspended for the first four games of the season for a substance abuse issue.
Linebacker Aaron Lynch was suspended for the first four games of the season for a substance abuse issue. The Associated Press

Aaron Lynch’s suspension is due to end Monday, and the 49ers outside linebacker is slimming down as he prepares for his first action of the season.

“He’s been doing a heck of a job working hard, and we’re (eager) to get him back,” coach Chip Kelly said Thursday.

Lynch already was in the NFL substance abuse program because of issues in college at South Florida when he had a test result that the league deemed too diluted. That triggered a four-game suspension to start the season.

Lynch went through the offseason and preseason as usual but was perhaps a bit beefier than his ideal playing weight. He has been forbidden to practice with the 49ers during his suspension. Instead, he has been working with 49ers trainers on a side field.

Ahmad Brooks and second-year player Eli Harold began the season as the 49ers’ starters at outside linebacker. Through three games, Brooks leads the 49ers with two sacks. Harold is still looking for his first NFL sack. He had one erased Sunday when officials ruled his takedown of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was an illegal horse-collar tackle.

The 49ers’ five sacks are tied – with four other teams – for 17th in the league. They have allowed just two sacks, tied for first.

Davis’ exit – Kelly said he didn’t speak with tackle Anthony Davis, who left the team earlier in the week, but was told Davis chose to step away because of “injuries.”

“He came in and talked to (general manager) Trent (Baalke),” Kelly said. “I did not see him. Trent came down and told me what transpired, and then Anthony was gone, but I did not talk to him.”

Kelly said he’s reached out to Davis but has yet to connect with him.

Et cetera – Who will Charles Haley root for Sunday? The former 49ers and Cowboys pass rusher, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, wouldn’t say. But he has been on hand and interacting in 49ers practices all week and wore a 49ers jersey on Thursday.

▪ Tight end Vance McDonald (hip) was limited Thursday in his first practice of the week. McDonald did not move well at the start of the session, and his availability against the Cowboys remains in doubt. Cornerback Jimmie Ward (quadriceps) did not practice.

▪ Harold said he was fined for the horse-collar tackle on Wilson. He’s appealing the $18,231 fine.

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