New York, NY, United States (AHN Sports) – The National Football League (NFL) has suspended Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure two games for two marijuana-related arrests in the offseason.
The league also fined Leshoure two game checks, bringing his total salary forfeiture to $109,412.
Leshoure was cited twice for possession of marijuana after traffic stops less than a month apart in west Michigan earlier this offseason. He pleaded guilty to lesser possession charges both times.
The running back, who missed his entire rookie season with a torn Achilles tendon, is eligible to return against the Tennessee Titans September 23. But Leshoure can take part in the Lions’ final minicap, training camp and pre-season games.
“We support the Commissioner’s decision regarding Mikel and appreciate the dialogue that we have had with the League office concerning the matter,” said Lions president Tom Lewand in a statement.
“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,” he added.
Lewand said the organization expects that Leshoure to “continue to learn from this experience and use it as positive motivation moving forward”.
A second-round draft pick out of Illinois in 2011, Leshoure was cited for marijuana possession following a Feb. 18 traffic stop on Interstate 94 in Michigan. He pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and paid a small fine.
In early March, Leshoure was a passenger in a vehicle during another traffic stop, during which he was reportedly spotted trying to put marijuana into his mouth. He pleaded guilty and was fined $575.
Two other Lions, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath, have been arrested for possession of marijuana this off-season.