Mikel Leshoure won't collect a check until Week 5
Mikel Leshoure missed all 16 games during his rookie season last year after suffering a torn Achilles tendon.
Now, he’s set to miss the first two games of the 2012 season, the result of his misadventures this offseason. The Detroit Lions running back, a second-round draft pick from Illinois in 2012, was arrested twice for marijuana possession – and police observed him eating the weed during the second incident.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Leshoure has the two-game unpaid suspension and will also be fined two additional game checks when he returns – meaning he’ll be playing for free until Week 5.
“As we have previously stated, we expect every member of our organization to uphold a greater standard of behavior,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement. “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.”
In total, Leshoure will lose $109,411 in wages and now he’s entered into the league’s drug program.
Now, the Lions can do little more than take a wait-and-see approach with defensive tackle Nick Fairley, their first-round draft pick from last year. Fairley also doubled up in the police blotter this offseason – getting arrested for marijuana possession and then for a DUI. It’s quite possible he will also be suspended.
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