Stafford speaks on Leshoure, Fairley marijuana incidents
ALLEN PARK — Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley and running back Mikel Leshoure did not address their teammates about their recent off-field issues when the team got together Monday for the first day of the offseason workout program.
Fairley, Leshoure and Johnny Culbreath all were charged with various counts of marijuana possession since the season ended.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford, the only player who spoke to the media, was asked about the situation.
“We’ve come so far we don’t want anything to hold us back. I think everybody knows that. We’re a mature team, obviously some of the guys who were having trouble off the field are younger guys, they’ll figure it out and we’ll be there to help them along,’’ Stafford said.
All three were rookies last season. Leshoure never played a snap after a torn Achilles’ tendon in training camp. Fairley was hampered by a foot that he broke in training camp. Much is expected of both this season.
“Like I said these guys are young guys, but they’re grown men, they understand what they need to do, do what they can to correct it, and not let it happen again,’’ Stafford said. “Everybody makes mistakes. This is life, just got to make sure their heads are in the right place, move forward and get ready for the season.’’
Stafford said the news about the three was disappointing and surprising.
“It’s a tough situation to deal with, but at the same time these guys are going to get back to work just like we are, and get ready for the season,’’ Stafford said.
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