Oct 30, 2011; Denver, CO, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) sits on the bench during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Lions defeated the Broncos 45-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Why a Suspension Should Send the Message to Fairley and Leshoure

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand acknowledged today that he and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have been in contact regarding the rash of off-field problems the Lions have had to deal with this offseason.

Presumably, the league wanted to ensure that the Lions organization is being proactive in changing the tethering devices they are supposed to put on their players so they know exactly where each player is and what they are up to. Of course, it is possible that the commissioner just wanted to point out that Lions-themed child leashes are available on Amazon for less than $10.

Nevertheless, Nick Fairley, Mikel Leshoure and Johnny Culbreath are subject to the league’s substance abuse penalty with Fairley and Leshoure facing a possible suspension as repeat offenders.

If there were ever two players that a suspension would get the message through to, Fairley and Leshoure would be them.

As rookies, both players battled injuries. Fairley’s foot injury in training camp caused him to miss practice and games to the point that he was never able to fully contribute as everyone would have liked. Mikel Leshoure’s achilles injury took him out of action for the entire season before he was even able to play a preseason game. You can be that both players will be raring to go when the 2012 season kicks off, provided good health, of course. Instead of charging on to the field it is likely that they will both miss at least one game and they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.

They had games taken away last year due to injury but they will have taken a game or games away from themselves in 2012.

If that doesn’t put an end to the nonsense, nothing will.

Tags: Detroit Lions Mikel Leshoure Nick Fairley

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