NFL suspends Lions RB Mikel Leshoure two games; docks him two additional game checks

Posted by ttwentyman on June 13, 2012 – 3:41 pm

The NFL has handed down a two-game suspension to Lions running back Mikel Leshoure today for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He will also be docked two additional game checks.

Leshoure will be eligible to return to the Lions’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 17 following the team’s September 16 game against the 49ers.

“We support the Commissioner’s decision regarding Mikel and appreciate the dialogue that we have had with the League office concerning the matter,” Lions president Tom Lewand said.

“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.”

The second-year running back was cited twice this offseason for marijuana possession just weeks apart.

Leshoure pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in March, paid a $575 fine and said he was ready to put the matter behind him.

Unfortunately, he won’t be able to do that now until at least Week 3 of the regular season. Leshoure will miss the Lions’ Week 1 opener against the Rams at home and a Sunday Night prime time matchup against the 49ers in Week 2. Leshoure won’t be eligible to return until Week 3 when the Lions face the Titans in Nashville.

Leshoure will be allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason.

Leshoure missed all of his rookie season after tearing his Achilles tendon early in training camp last year. He expects to be 100-percent by the start of the regular season and will now have an extra two weeks to get ready.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley also faces suspension after he was arrested for marijuana possession and DUI this offseason. Fairley’s DUI case is still working its way through the legal system, which is why the NFL has made no announcements on his possible suspension.

“Everybody makes mistakes — not everybody makes two mistakes in a row,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday when asked if offseason instances like this can be a wake-up call for players. “But if they learn their lesson and that’s the wake-up call and if that changes the way they conduct themselves and they’re able to have a successful career because of it, at least you turned something positive out of it.”

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20 Responses to “NFL suspends Lions RB Mikel Leshoure two games; docks him two additional game checks”

  1. By rockbo1955 on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    I beleive farley will get a longer suspension because of the second offense! I hope I am wrong but I beleive 4 – 6 game suspension!

  2. By Bob on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Two at the most..

  3. By russ on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Suspend fairley for 4 games then trade his ass. We dont need that crap on this team.

  4. By russbell on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    nick is way to talented to trade we would lose in the traded
    nicks a lion for life two games go lions

  5. By elReydeLeon on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Well, at least thats 2 games in which he won’t get injured. K Smith is gonna have to bring it early and often this season.

  6. By A. Hiatt on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Fairley is going nowhere, well as long as he does not start bang’in heroin. Either way lions take NFC north. GO LIONS

  7. By wendymaddy on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Mikel will be available for the whole regular season, so that’s really good news for him and the team. Now adopting some patience and mature behavior will complete his rehabilitation. Nick may catch a break with plea bargaining in one case, especially if he throws in some safe driving classes and does a 30 day stint in a substance abuse inpatient clinic. And both get mandatory counseling throughout the rest of this year. Fairley realizes now he has to keep the risk taking on the field, not out there in the social world. Wildness will just make him a target. Keeping a low profile off the field will benefit him very much this year. Tone it down! Much is expected from him! He needs to expect self discipline from himself. And be very careful about how he treats the ladies. Stick with one special lady who is quiet and devoted. That will keep him off the streets in general. We fans wish both of them well and that they now can concentrate on being the best player in their position anyone has ever seen. Try yoga or transcendental meditation for calming their nerves instead of marijuana and booze. It really works! Hire someone to show you how! As for Cliff Avril, really, guys, 11 sacks last year? Do we have to ask how much he’s worth? Just pay the guy. That’s 77 points. Cliff, let them pay you an extra million per year for doing that again! But I suggest you let them save face by taking the $10 mil this year and take $9 mil a year after that plus a bonus of $1 mil for doing it again every year the way you have your last four years. Just saying. We DO appreciate your efforts!

  8. By Jeff on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Russ, you are wrong, and I now hate you.

    Support the Lions. I don’t care if they planned 9/11 – I’d support the Lions until I died. They could personally come to my house and take turns beating me senseless, and I’d still be a season ticket holder who cheered them on every game. Look, if you wanna boo – go to Chicago – that’s where the pussy pieces of shit live.

  9. By littlelionluver on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Leshoure should take a mask and a gun with him when he goes to the bank because he is plain, flat stealing from Lion’s fans. He hasn’t played a down, and he is making us look bad nationwide, and not just to football fans. I don’t care if he wants to smoke a little weed, alot of people do so legally in this state, but if that is more important than being available at his place of employment he should consider quitting. I think we should package a deal for him and Fairley to anyone who would listen that has a half-way decent corner and a second round pick next year.

  10. By mike on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    he is probably still smoking…..I wonder who will get in trouble first, this guy or the Auburn flash….

  11. By Doug on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Why does the team not test an keep track of the players Drug Habits. Three players an a past history of more. WTF . Promissing players always Promissing players.

  12. By big boi on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    If society does not see that these young black atheletes are being targeted then we are definately going to have problems in sports. We as black men are targeted from day one, but you cannot tell me that white atheletes don’t smoke weed. They just get that good ol boy pass!

  13. By Lance Manly on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    Russ “Trade Fairley?” <– Really.

    Thank GOD you're not in charge; be back to Matt Millian days… scary.

    The man is a beast; the 2nd Vince Lombardi Trophy winner drafted by Lions in a row.

    To give up on him is pure ignorance.

    Fairley stuff Cam and Carolina on three consecutive downs inside our ten; when Lions were down, kept us in the game.

    I expect a break out year for Fairley, one that should make you eat your words.

    Leshoure – an extra two weeks to heal his achillies will be a good thing; also won't have to test it vs the league's BEST RUN DEFENSE, 49ers in week two.

    We don't need Leshoure week 1 or 2, need him to push for playoffs and Super Bowl.

    Fairley – will get same suspension; 2+2 [2 games; 4 checks]

    Go Lions!

  14. By dcleve126 on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    food 4 thought cliff aviril had no offseason mishaps with authorities that she be worth some something with managment

  15. By mike on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    a very lucky guy….only suspended for two games……quite the team player too…..he and Fairely are ” I ” guys…….

  16. By william magdalena on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    Trade him? NO. Cut him. DO it now. Show the rest of the guys that kind of garbage doesnt fly here. So you lose a talented player? So WHAT! The rest of the team will be better for it. You could lose a talanted player on any snap. By the way, what did this clown do last season that would be so missed? Bye, bye. And take Leshoure with you!

  17. By John Caleo on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    Mikel Leshore should apppeal the suspension to get it reduced to 1 game instead of 2 thats the whole purpose of the union.

  18. By UnknownWriter on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mikel Leshoure got off lucky. I hope he learns to quit smoking for the rest of his career and start concentrating on what is earning him a paycheck.

    As for Fairley, I think Roger Goodell needs to drop the hammer on this guy and read him the facts of life. Driving his car at over 100mph while under the influence and evading the police is a kin to taking a gun and firing it into a crowd. Fairley is lucky he’s not spending the rest of his youth in jail. And somehow, I don’t think he gets the magnitude of his crime yet.

    Some people are calling for his trade. But with his guaranteed contract, that might not be an option. It wouldn’t surprise me if he is suspended for the entire 2012 season, but I would be very disappointed if he’s suspended for less than 6 weeks considering his actions could have cost several people their lives including his own.

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