Detroit Lions Security NJL has suspended three games for Jayron Kearse for violating drug abuse policy.
Kearse, 26, signed with the Lions in March after four seasons in Minnesota, where he played 62 games with five starts, making 79 fouls and defending eight passes.
Kearse was charged with DWI and a portable firearm without permission in October last year when he was with the Vikings. Kearse apologized for his actions in October, saying the arrest “does not reflect who I am as a person.”
The NFL has not said whether the suspension is linked to the October arrest.
“We knew the situation in a free agency, obviously checked the situation. We talked to Jayron and felt comfortable with him and the situation,”; said Lions coach Matt Patricia. “Obvious, [we] after a free agency we got to know him a lot more and just felt comfortable. We knew it was something to come. … It’s a league affair, and I’ll leave it at that.
“But it was something we knew about through free agencies.”
After a team game in Arizona, Kearse could return on Sept. 28.
After many off-season moves, including the Devil’s re-registration with Miles Killebrew, the signing of Kearse and the sale of Duron Harmon, Detroit has a number of safe historic operators, Tracy Walker and Will Harris.
ESPN Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.