Found May 28, 2012 on Diehardsport:

Forget about needing players to get healthy, the Detroit Lions need players that can stay in the lineup and out of trouble.  Last years top two picks, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure were arrested for Marijuana possession several months ago, and for Leshoure it was the second time in a month that he was caught.

Fairley was also arrested for the second time in less than two months, when he was traveling 100 mph in his 2010 Cadillac Escalade under the influence of alcohol.

The issue here is that Roger Goodell has grounds to suspend them both, and it is widely known around the league that Goodell is one for laying the hammer down.

When the Saints bounty-gate scandal came out, he suspended the former defensive coordinator that led the ring indefinitely.  Not to mention, he suspended head coach Sean Payton for an entire season.

It is widely believed that Leshoure was the missing piece in the Lions offense. He was considered the runningback that could be the Thunder to Jahvid Best’s Lightning. However, he tore his Achilles in training camp though and never played this past season. If he gets suspended, it could be until week 5 until it is known what he brings to the table as a player.  His importance as a player on the Lions went up the second Best received his most recent concussion, and this causes all sorts of problems for the organization.  He could be a great change of pace back that would be good at moving the chain.

Fairley on the other hand, missed a great deal of time because of a broken bone in his foot last year, and so the Lions know that their defensive line can survive without him for a decent amount of time if they have to.  Hopefully Leshoure and Fairley get their acts together, and hopefully Goodell goes lightly on him.

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