The Detroit Lions will be without defensive tackle C.J. Mosley on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Mosley didn't suddenly suffer an injury or anything like that, though. Instead, the Lions have suspended him for two weeks for "conduct detrimental" and a "violation of team rules." In fact, the Lions have already sent Mosley home from London, ending his trip overseas.
The details on what exactly led to this suspension are unclear, but the Lions have promoted safety Jerome Couplin back to the 53-man roster with Mosley suspended. Couplin was released earlier this week to create room for tight end Kellen Davis, and Couplin joined the practice squad after clearing waivers. Now, thanks to Mosley's misstep, Couplin is already back on the active roster.
Mosley's suspension means that the Lions are down to Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Caraun Reid at defensive tackle. Mosley is a big part of the rotation at defensive tackle, meaning Reid will likely see a much bigger role on Sunday. The Lions could also move Jason Jones inside more often considering they have so much depth at defensive end.
In any case, this is obviously disappointing news considering we're less than a day away from Sunday's game in London. It's obviously good that Jim Caldwell is holding players accountable for their actions, but a sudden suspension like this is not what you want to hear about the day before a game.