Detroit Lions safety Jayron Kearse has been suspended for three games by the NFL 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 appearances and defending eight assists.
Kearse was charged with DWI and carrying an unlicensed firearm last October when he was with the Vikings. Kearse apologized for his actions in October, saying the arrest “is not a reflection of who I am as a person”.
The NFL has not said whether the suspension relates to the October arrest.
“We were aware of the situation in the free agency, it definitely confirmed the situation. We talked to Jayron and we felt comfortable with him and the situation,”; said Lion coach Matt Patricia. “Naturally, [we] have learned it so much more since free agency and just felt comfortable with it all. We knew it was something that was coming. … is a matter of the league, and I will leave it at that moment.
“But it is something we were aware of during the free agency.”
Kearse is eligible to return on September 28 after the team game in Arizona.
Detroit is full of confidence behind acting Tracy Walker and Will Harris following an offseason move attack, including the re-signing of Miles Killebrew, the signing of Kearse and the trade for Duron Harmon.
ESPN Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.