Lions' Mikel Leshoure suspended for 2 games, fined for 2 more
Lions running back Mikel Leshoure, who has yet to play in a game, has been suspended for the first two regular season games by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy. In addition, he’s been fined two additional game checks.
The suspension was a move that was expected following his two arrests for marijuana possession. The only question was the length of time.
He will be able to practice and play in preseason games and will be eligible to return to the Lions active roster on Sept. 17.
The team released the following statement: “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.”
Leshoure was arrested twice in western Michigan for marijuana possession on Feb. 18 and March 12.
The running back tore his Achilles’ tendon early in training camp last August and missed the rest of the season.
He is still recovering from the surgery, although has been participating in the mandatory minicamp this week.