NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday he won't discipline Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch for a hit-and-run accident that left a Milton, Ont., woman injured.
"I think the facts are clear on the case at this point in time, and I don't plan any discipline," Goodell said during a visit to Bills training camp outside Rochester, N.Y.
Lynch, 22, lost his licence last month after he pleaded guilty to a traffic violation. He was driving his 2008 Porsche Cayenne SUV about 3:30 a.m. on May 31 when he hit a 27-year-old woman and kept going.
The woman suffered a bruised hip and a cut to her thigh that required seven stitches. She was treated and released from a hospital on the same day. Lynch could have faced criminal charges but reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
Goodell — at Bills camp Monday in part to meet with owner Ralph Wilson and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer to discuss the franchise's long-term viability — said that because Lynch pleaded guilty to a traffic violation, he did not run afoul of the league's personal conduct policy.
Lynch, who angered prosecutors over what they said was his lack of co-operation with their investigation into the hit and run, has not spoken to reporters since arriving at camp Thursday and declined comment following practice Monday.
Bills coach Dick Jauron expressed relief when learning of Goodell's decision.
"I'm aware of what he said and it certainly makes sense to me," Jauron said. "I certainly agree with him. We're relieved."
Lynch rushed for 1,115 yards and seven touchdowns for the Bills in his rookie season. He was selected 12th overall in the April 2007 NFL draft after foregoing his senior year at the University of California.