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Did Marshawn Lynch push an official to try to protect Chiefs’ Marcus Peters?

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch gestured before Thursday’s game against the Chiefs.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch gestured before Thursday’s game against the Chiefs. The Associated Press

It was a chippy first half between the Chiefs and Raiders on Thursday night.

Things really got rough in the second quarter when the Chiefs’ Marcus Peters delivered a late hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Peters was pushed by Raiders players, and Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch sprinted from the sideline.

Lynch grabbed an official and was ejected:

It appeared that Lynch, who is from Oakland, was trying to get to Peters, who is also an Oakland native. But it wasn’t that Lynch wanted to protect Carr. Instead, it seemed that Lynch may have been trying to protect Peters.

That’s what CBS announcer Deion Sanders thought was the case.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters spoke to the media on Thursday about growing up in Oakland, being a Raiders fan and bringing friends and family to O.co Coliseum in Oakland on Sunday when the Chiefs travel to play the Raiders.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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