Lions LB Travis Lewis suspended four games

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Travis Lewis has been hit with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The Detroit Lions will be without linebacker Travis Lewis for the final quarter of the 2013 regular season thanks to a suspension. Specifically, he has been hit with a four-game suspension (without pay) from the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Via Tim Twentyman, here is the statement that Lewis released about his suspension:

"I apologize to my coaches, teammates, the Lions organization and our fans for my actions. I have let my team down and there’s nothing worse than that. I will not make the same mistake again. I look forward to returning to the team after I serve my suspension."

Lewis, who was a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2012, has strictly been a special teams player for the Lions. As a result, this suspension shouldn't really affect the Lions going forward. My guess is they will bring up linebacker Brandon Hepburn from the practice squad to fill Lewis' spot on the roster for the final four games of the regular season. Then, if the Lions make the playoffs, Lewis will be able to return to the team and reoccupy his role on the special teams units.

UPDATE: Here's why Lewis was suspended:

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