Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch suffered an ankle injury on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Lynch told the media after his Week 7 game that he has a high ankle sprain, according to Chris Biderman of The Niners Wire. Matt Maiocco of CSN added Lynch will get an MRI on Monday.
The third-year player had three tackles and a sack before his injury Sunday. It was his first sack of the season in three games played.
The 23-year-old player was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season after he violated the league’s substance-abuse policy.
After impressing with six sacks and 23 total tackles as a rookie, Lynch assumed a more prominent role in the 49ers defense last season following the retirements of Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith, along with the departure of Aldon Smith.
All told, Lynch missed two games during a strong sophomore campaign due to a concussion. But in his 14 healthy appearances, Lynch tallied 6.5 sacks and 38 total tackles to go with three defended passes.
He was starting to get back in a rhythm in his third season, but his latest injury could slow him down.
With NaVorro Bowman already out for the year, the team’s depth chart isn’t exactly loaded with experienced veterans who can fill in.
Lynch’s star has been on the rise ever since he was drafted in the fifth round in 2014, so losing his pass-rushing capabilities could cripple a unit that has undergone a fairly drastic makeover during the last season-plus.