The Detroit Lions will likely be getting a call from the NFL at some point later this offseason to inform them about what type of punishment Mikel Leshoure and Nick Fairley will be receiving for their pair of arrests this offseason. The expectation is for both players to be suspended at least one game, but how much the punishment will go beyond that is unclear right now.
Although an announcement likely won't be made until we get closer to the regular season, the Lions are ensuring they are kept up to date on everything by staying in contact with commissioner Roger Goodell. Lions president Tom Lewand has spoken with Goodell, but he declined to share any details about what kind of suspension Leshoure and Fairley could be looking at.
"We’ve been active in our participation with the league," Lewand said today at the Detroit Lions Invitational charity golf outing. "We’ve handled matters internally, we’ve made our thoughts known publicly about our expectations and the need for accountability and responsibility and, beyond that, I don’t think it makes a lot of sense for us to comment on the details."
Two years ago, Lewand was in the same situation that Leshoure and Fairley face after being arrested for driving under the influence. Lewand ended up being suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 by the NFL. He ultimately had his suspension reduced to 21 days, and he also ended up pleading guilty to a lesser charge.