Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure will be suspended for two games during the upcoming NFL season, according to a league source. Leshoure will also be docked two additional game checks, which will cost him $109,411, according to Dave Birkett.
Well, we kind of knew this was coming, right? Right? Sigh. The suspension comes after Leshoure was busted twice this offseason for marijuana possession. Leshoure later pleaded guilty and paid a $575 fine. Unfortunately, he couldn’t avoid further punishment.
In a radio interview with 97.1 The Ticket on Tuesday, Lions president Tom Lewand said he was expecting a suspension.
“Obviously that discipline falls under the commissioner’s purview,” he said. “And suspensions are certainly something that could be a possibility and I would say are likely if you look at similar types of incidences on other teams. “
The suspension means Leshoure will miss the first two games of the season — the St. Louis Rams in week 1 and the San Francisco 49ers in week 2. He will, however, be able to participate in offseason activities and preseason games, but once preseason ends, he will not be allowed at the Lions facility until week 3.
The Lions statement following the incident:
“We support the Commissioner’s decision regarding Mikel and appreciate the dialogue that we have had with the League office concerning the matter. As we have previously stated, we expect every member of our organization to uphold a greater standard of behavior. If that standard is not upheld, those responsible will be held accountable. Our belief and expectation is that Mikel will continue to learn from this experience and use it as positive motivation moving forward.”
This means Nick Fairley will likely be suspended for at least two games, but I would expect more.