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Khyri Thornton suspended for six games

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The Lions re-signed defensive tackle Khyri Thornton ahead of restricted free agency this offseason, but he won’t be part of the lineup for the first game of the 2017 season.

The NFL announced on Tuesday that Thornton has been suspended for the first six games of the year. The suspension comes as a result of a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Thornton played 13 games and made six starts for the Lions last season and had one sack and a forced fumble. He entered the league as a 2014 third-round pick of the Packers, but missed his rookie year with an injury and got waived ahead of his second season.

With Akeem Spence, Ego Ferguson, Bruce Gaston, Jordan Hill and 2017 sixth-rounder Jeremiah Ledbetter on the roster, the Lions have other defensive tackle options behind Haloti Ngata and A’Shawn Robinson to sort through this summer. If enough of them show well, Thornton could find himself looking for a new home once his suspension runs its course.

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3 Responses to “Khyri Thornton suspended for six games”
  1. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says: Jun 20, 2017 4:20 PM

    See ya…. what a dumb mistake. He just happens to play at the position with the most competition on the team.

  2. wordsmith513 says: Jun 20, 2017 6:00 PM

    That may end his career.

  3. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 20, 2017 10:29 PM

    For those who don’t know, he was taken in the 3rd round by the Packers as a small school project whom many deemed to have good physical qualities. He busted and was signed by the Lions. He made the team last year but was pretty much just a marginal player who the Lions were eyeing as a guy who could get better, not paying him for what he’d accomplished last year.

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