Suspended Lions president Lewand will return early

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand will be reinstated from his 30-day suspension on Wednesday, according to Tom “Killer” Kowalski of

Lewand will be permitted to return nine days early by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he received a letter notifying him that his suspension has been reduced. Lewand was suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 after he pleaded guilty to impaired driving following an incident this summer in Michigan. It was a big punishment and one that players around the league were watching closely.

Kowalski reports that Goodell reduced the punishment because Lewand “continues to make good” on efforts to prevent a reoccurrence. Lewand was candid following his arrest, admitting publicly that he has an alcohol abuse problem.

Per a source in Detroit, Lewand is in charge of all operations at Ford Field. Therefore, it is common sense to have him in place for the Lions’ home opener on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in the event an emergency arises.

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