Lions LB Lewis suspended 4 games

Updated: December 3, 2013

New York, NY ( – Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis
was suspended Tuesday for the final four games of the regular season for
violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Lewis, who has played mostly on special teams this season, would be eligible
to return to the team if the Lions make the playoffs.

“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,”
Lewis said in a statement.

“I will not make the same mistake again. I look forward to returning to the
team after I serve my suspension.”

Lewis has played 25 games for Detroit since being drafted in the seventh round
of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The 25-year-old Lewis tested positive after using the drug Adderall, a person
who reviewed the test told the Detroit Free Press.

“All NFL players know they are responsible for their actions, and they also
know there are consequences when their actions are not consistent with League
policy,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said in a statement.

“While we are disappointed that Travis violated League policy and will miss
the next four games, we expect that Travis will learn from this experience and
not repeat it.”

Lewis will be placed on the reserve/suspended list and the Lions signed
linebacker Julian Stanford to take his place on the roster.

Stanford recorded 23 tackles in 16 games (six starts) with Jacksonville
Jaguars last season. He was released by Jacksonville during final cuts in
training camp.

The 7-5 Lions will face the Eagles, also 7-5, on Sunday.