The word has come down from the National Lacrosse League office: Brandon Francis has gotten a three-game suspension for his actions last week against Edmonton.
It breaks down this way: Francis gets two games for the high-sticking major plus one game for picking up a third game misconduct in a season. Francis was also fined an undisclosed sum.
He could appeal the suspension and thus be eligible to play this week against Rochester. If he lost the appeal, Francis would miss the next three games -- which in theory would sit him out until a potential championship game. Obviously, the Bandits need wins now rather than later, so it's easy to guess that the team would try to make him eligible to play now.
We'll see how it comes down by gametime Saturday.
--- Budd Bailey