Detroit Lions safety Jayron Kearse has been suspended for three NFL games for violating its substance abuse policy.
Kearse, 26, signed with the Lions in March after four seasons in Minnesota, where he played in 62 games with five starts, making 79 tackles and defending eight passes.
Kearse was charged with DWI and carrying a firearm without a permit last October, when he was with the Vikings. Kearse apologized for his actions in October, saying the arrest was “not a reflection of who I am as a person.”
The NFL has not said whether this suspension is related to the October arrest.
“We learned of the situation at the free agency, the situation was clearly vetted. We talked to Jayron and felt comfortable with him and the situation,”; said Lions coach Matt Patricia. “Obviously, [we] you got to know him better because of the free agency and just felt comfortable with it all. We know this is something to come. … It’s a league thing, and I’ll leave it at that.
“But this is something we knew during the free agency era.”
Kearse is eligible to return Sept. 28 after the team game in Arizona.
Detroit is tight on safety behind incumbents Tracy Walker and Will Harris after a killing of offseason moves, including re-signing Miles Killebrew, signing Kearse and trading for Duron Harmon.
Courtney Cronin contributed to ESPN in this report.