Tom Lewand's suspension begins today

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand will begin serving a 30-day suspension imposed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today.

Lewand was at the club’s headquarters in Allen Park, Mich., on Tuesday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, but will now be gone for a month for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Goodell moved swiftly to suspend Lewand and fine him $100,000 last month after he pleaded guilty to operating while visibly impaired. Lewand was arrested in July in Michigan on suspicion of drunken driving. He’s admitted having a drinking problem and has been seeking help. Per Birkett, the suspension bars Lewand from dealing in any team business and attenting practices, games or other functions.

Tom Lesnau, the team’s vice president of finance, will be in charge in Lewand’s absence.

"We have a good team of people in place and every confidence that things will move smoothly in my absence," Lewand said. "And I have great confidence in the people that are part of our team."

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