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NFL suspends Lions’ Mikel Leshoure two games

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Lions running back Mikel Leshoure missed his entire rookie season last year. Now he’ll miss the first two games of his second season as well.

The NFL has suspended Leshoure for the first two games of the season — and docked him two additional game checks on top of that — for his two marijuana possession arrests this offseason. Leshoure will be allowed to stay with the team through the end of the preseason, then will be barred from the team facilities through the Lions’ Week Two game against the 49ers. He can re-join the team on September 17.

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 in a statement on the team’s website. “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.”

After the Lions took Leshoure in the second round of last year’s draft, he suffered a torn Achilles tendon at the start of training camp and was done for the season. Two other 2011 Detroit draft picks — first-rounder Nick Fairley and seventh-rounder Johnny Culbreath — have also been arrested for marijuana possession this offseason, and Fairley was also arrested for drunk driving in a separate incident. The NFL has not announced any discipline yet for Fairley or Culbreath.

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38 Responses to “NFL suspends Lions’ Mikel Leshoure two games”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 13, 2012 4:10 PM

    Crap

    - Nick Fairley

  2. iambates says: Jun 13, 2012 4:11 PM

    front office and coaching staff in lion country needs to start cracking the whip. players are running amok over there…

  3. sgtdiver says: Jun 13, 2012 4:14 PM

    As a lions fan I am fine with this. What I think is crazy though is that Jerome Simpson was suspended 3 games for a “Class D felony, which carries a 1 to 5 year prison sentence.” (and somehow only served 15 days)

    I just don’t understand how they choose to suspend these guys. Do they just role a die and that’s how many games they are gone for?

  4. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 13, 2012 4:15 PM

    thats enough time for him to start filming Friday4

  5. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 13, 2012 4:19 PM

    Still waiting to make his NFL debut…

  6. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 13, 2012 4:24 PM

    will this guy ever play a game?

  7. vikingsfan4life says: Jun 13, 2012 4:29 PM

    Another five star draft pick for the Lions front office. Seems they can’t get it right unless the team is picking at the top of each round. Keep up the good work!

  8. noeffinway says: Jun 13, 2012 4:37 PM

    That’s exactly what was expected. To put a positive spin on this – the suspension will allow him an extra two weeks of rehabbing that injury. This could actually be a good thing. GO LIONS!

  9. capitaloffense says: Jun 13, 2012 4:37 PM

    Lion officials can crack all the whips they want. At the end of the day, stupid is as stupid does.

    Here, you have a team that has been crap for as long as anyone can remember. Finally, the clouds part for these guys and they can see the light. Now a boat load of dumb a**** want to screw it up instead of be apart of it.

    I stopped smoking the greenery but I still have love for it. With that said, stop effing smoking close to/during the season! The NFL has the shortest season and the shortest career span. Chill out! The weed is not going anywhere. I mean, damn these mofos are dumb as hell sometimes!

  10. discosucs2005 says: Jun 13, 2012 4:37 PM

    The 49ers are getting really lucky on suspensions ending right after the respective team comes to town.

  11. patriots123456 says: Jun 13, 2012 4:37 PM

    Evidently this guy only has two brain cells left.

    And during the off-season they weren’t talking to each other.

    Some of these players will NEVER learn.

  12. deeeeetroit says: Jun 13, 2012 4:38 PM

    realistically, its best case scenario. NFL could have handed out worse. plus its not like him, culbreath, or fairley contributed last year. Team will get better week 3, and willstill be powerful without em for the first 2 games.

  13. jetropolitans says: Jun 13, 2012 4:45 PM

    cool, he can come to my place to blaze and watch football during the two weeks.

  14. lks311 says: Jun 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    vikingsfan4life says:Jun 13, 2012 4:29 PM

    Another five star draft pick for the Lions front office. Seems they can’t get it right unless the team is picking at the top of each round. Keep up the good work!
    ——————————————–
    Well better to get them right at the top, than not at all (Ponder, Percy “Migraine” Harvin, Loadholt, Tyrell Johnson, etc…)

  15. justincase92121 says: Jun 13, 2012 4:48 PM

    This mandatory rookie symposium is not working too well for the NFL…

    I am all about second chances but there are kids out there who are 100% hungrier than this clown, why not give them a chance. One strike and you are out.

  16. itssocoldinthed says: Jun 13, 2012 4:48 PM

    Addition to the rookie symposium after Pacman Jones’ presentation: Driving lessons from Leshoure and Fairley

  17. funktron2x says: Jun 13, 2012 4:49 PM

    As expected. Glad the ruling is down and done, as now we can only wait and see if he can keep his head above water. Oh, and @ Vikings fan… You must be smoking the same stuff leshoure was, because mayhew has hit on good players no matter where he picks in the draft.

  18. burgandyandgoldfan says: Jun 13, 2012 4:51 PM

    He’d fit in well over here in DC on the ‘Skins.

  19. staffordsyear says: Jun 13, 2012 5:03 PM

    More time to rehab,not a big deal.

  20. smstonerock says: Jun 13, 2012 5:06 PM

    vikingsfan4life says:
    Jun 13, 2012 4:29 PM
    Another five star draft pick for the Lions front office. Seems they can’t get it right unless the team is picking at the top of each round. Keep up the good work!

    Um, do the names Louis Delmas (2nd rnd), Deandre Levy (3rd), Titus Young (2nd), and Cliff Avril (3rd) mean anything to you? Check your facts boy.

  21. deepfreezerob says: Jun 13, 2012 5:56 PM

    Well it’s good he only got two games because that means Fairley will probably get 4

  22. smstonerock says: Jun 13, 2012 5:57 PM

    And I’ll add one more…Willie Young (7th), he’s the one who sacked Brees and made him fumble in the playoff game. Lion’s coaches expect him to blow up on the scene this year.

    Lions fans, brace yourself. We’re about to to be regulars in the playoffs and compete for Super Bowls for years to come. I can’t wait.

  23. greenbay4ever says: Jun 13, 2012 6:02 PM

    I love what the Lions are doing over there. I am sure the coach will be arrested at some point.

    Keep it up.

    Sincerely, a Packer fan.

  24. lionsdraftguy says: Jun 13, 2012 6:08 PM

    Vikingsfan4life-

    Are you serious? Martin Mayhew has had some of the best, if not THE best drafts since being hired as GM. And to add to the list of the already mentioned players, look out for SEVENTH ROUND pick Willie Young to have a big season, and for the bust pick, and reached pick might i add, of Christian Ponder to be licking his wounds after.

  25. lolb23 says: Jun 13, 2012 6:09 PM

    vikingsfan4life says: Jun 13, 2012 4:29 PM

    Another five star draft pick for the Lions front office. Seems they can’t get it right unless the team is picking at the top of each round. Keep up the good work!
    _________________________________

    At least the Lions actually make it to the podium in time to make their picks.

  26. bdshaffer20 says: Jun 13, 2012 6:12 PM

    We wont need any of those guys to beat the breaks off of your vikings and sweep them again!Check your facts while your down in the cellar.Props to you though, you might have a shot at Barkley next year.

  27. blackheld says: Jun 13, 2012 6:29 PM

    Worth noting that none of these guys had any part of the Lions’ season, last year. So you haters who figure this hurts the Lions chances THIS year need to get a clue. The 10-6 Lions’ team is totally intact, with an entire 2012 draft class to improve it.

    Of course, AFTER the suspensions end, the suspended guys will be putting their shoulders to the sled for this year’s team, as well.

    Sorry, haters, no help for you. You might beat the Lions, but you’ll have to do it against the same guys who kicked butt last year, with ever more depth and talent.

  28. gtodriver says: Jun 13, 2012 6:50 PM

    sgtdriver says:

    “What I think is crazy though is that Jerome Simpson was suspended 3 games for a “Class D felony, which carries a 1 to 5 year prison sentence.” (and somehow only served 15 days)”

    Leshoure was busted twice. Simpson only once.

    Simpson’s single offense was more serious – hence the longer suspension – even though it was a first offense.

    If Simpson screws up again, his suspension will be much longer.

    If he doesn’t screw up again, it most likely means that he learned from his mistake.

    Here’s hoping both of them learn something from these situations.

  29. zack2482 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:11 PM

    Lions make it to the playoffs one year and now they think they are set. Funny. Speaking of draft pick. A turn around was bound to happen after all those top 10 picks.

  30. goodluckking says: Jun 13, 2012 7:11 PM

    Since Leshoure received 2 games, I doubt Fairley gets more. If it really was true, as reported, that the mary jane arrest was someone elses pot and he was clean after testing.

    Or the NFLs new stance on DUI’s is actually a rougher stance then pot., then maybe he does get more.

    Or more likely lika an earlier poster wrote, Goodell just rolls a die and it comes up with 6.

  31. lolb23 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    Really this is a 1 game suspension.

    The Rams don’t count. The NFL could suspend the entire offense and the Lions would still win by double digits with all the sacks, fumble recoveries and INT pick 6′s the D will get vs. Bustford in week 1.

  32. smstonerock says: Jun 13, 2012 7:37 PM

    Lions make it to the playoffs one year and now they think they are set. Funny. Speaking of draft pick. A turn around was bound to happen after all those top 10 picks.

    No, we think we’re set because we have eyes and brains and realize how much talent is now on this team and we keep adding to it.

  33. smstonerock says: Jun 13, 2012 7:50 PM

    *zack2482 says:
    Jun 13, 2012 7:11 PM
    Lions make it to the playoffs one year and now they think they are set. Funny. Speaking of draft pick. A turn around was bound to happen after all those top 10 picks.

  34. vikingsfan4life says: Jun 13, 2012 7:52 PM

    Dear Lions fans,

    Two of your top three picks last year (Fairley, Leshoure) have already been arrested multiple times. The other guy, King Titus, sucker punched a teammate. Your #1 pick from the year before (Best) has a wicked concussion history and hasn’t finished an NFL season yet. Your best picks (Megtron, Suh, and Stafford) were taken #1 and 2 overall. I rest my case.

    As my Vikings, we took the hapless Tyrell Johnson the year we traded for Jared Allen. You may remember him as the guy who has been running around your tackles for the last few years. My team also drafted two ROYs (AP, Harvin). We’ve also found some quality players in later rounds (Sullivan).

    Until last year, my team hadn’t had a top 5 pick in years because, well, the Vikings just didn’t suck as bad as the Lions. Out.

  35. squared80 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:54 PM

    It all starts with the out-of-control short-fused head coach, Schwartz. Guy has a Napolean complex, and his attitude problem trickles down to his players.

    I’m not usually one to say the head coach has much bearing on individual players, but this is an exception. Schwartz is a maniac.

  36. lolb23 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:01 PM

    It all starts with the out-of-control short-fused head coach, Schwartz. Guy has a Napolean complex,
    ________________________________

    Jim Schwartz is 6′ tall and played LB for 4 years at Georgetown. That hardly constitutes a guy with a Napoleon complex. That’s just something Niners fans made up to try and look better when their coach ran away from him like a girl.

  37. lolb23 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:05 PM

    Dear Lions fans,

    Two of your top three picks last year (Fairley, Leshoure) have already been arrested multiple times. The other guy, King Titus, sucker punched a teammate. Your #1 pick from the year before (Best) has a wicked concussion history and hasn’t finished an NFL season yet. Your best picks (Megtron, Suh, and Stafford) were taken #1 and 2 overall. I rest my case.

    As my Vikings, we took the hapless Tyrell Johnson the year we traded for Jared Allen. You may remember him as the guy who has been running around your tackles for the last few years. My team also drafted two ROYs (AP, Harvin). We’ve also found some quality players in later rounds (Sullivan).

    Until last year, my team hadn’t had a top 5 pick in years because, well, the Vikings just didn’t suck as bad as the Lions. Out.
    _________________________________

    Dear Viking fan,

    You’ve had two good draft picks ever. Moss and AP. Your obsession with Brett Favre ultimately cost you a chance to draft a real QB, and now you are stuck with Christian Ponder, a 4th rounder you took 11th overall, and who will set you back another 5 years. Matt Kahlil is the new Jake Long aka Joe Thomas. Elite LT wasting away on crap team with crap QB. He’s probably already looking forward to free agency in 4 years.

    Out.

  38. qj1984 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:05 PM

    That fine is hefty. I expect an appeal because its excessive. Your docking one quarter of the man’s pay and its not like he’s got a multimillion dollar contract.

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