Detroit Lions defensive tackle Khyri Thornton was suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the first six games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Thornton’s return would come during a bye week for the Lions, meaning his first possible game for Detroit would be on October 29 against Pittsburgh.
The 27-year-old defender made 18 tackles with one quarterback sack over 13 games for the Lions last season, six as a starter. Thornton signed a two-year deal worth $3.3 million with the Lions following the campaign with a $325,000 signing bonus.
Under the terms of the NFL’s anti-drug policy with the players union, Thornton is able to take part in training camp practices and pre-season games. Thornton was taken in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers before injury wiped out his rookie year.
Gilbert gets one-year ban
Free agent cornerback Justin Gilbert, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was suspended for a year by the NFL after a second violation of the league substance abuse policy within two months.
The league’s NFL Network reported that Gilbert, who last month had been suspended for four games for a drug policy violation, saw that punishment increased by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after a repeat violation.
Gilbert must apply for reinstatement before a possible 2018 return. In 2014, Gilbert played 14 games for the Cleveland Browns, making 25 tackles, assisting in four others and intercepting one pass.(Agence France-Presse)
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