MIKE O'HARA

O'Hara: Leshoure will not be out of sight and mind during two-week suspension

Posted Aug 31, 2012

Mikel Leshoure will not be out of sight and out of mind during his suspension from the Lions.

Leshoure was suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the regular season for two offseason arrests. Marijuana was involved in both incidents.

Under NFL rules, Leshoure can work out and attend all meetings during the suspension because his suspension comes under the league’s Substance Abuse Policy.

“A player suspended under the Substance Abuse Policy can be at the facility, at the discretion of the club, to provide him with structure and support during his suspension,” Randall Liu, information manager for the NFC, explained in an e-mail exchange Friday afternoon.

The league and its teams obviously feel it is important to lend support and guidance to players whose conduct indicates a problem with substance abuse as opposed to leaving them on their own during the period of banishment.

The rule is different for players such as defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was suspended for an act committed on the field. Suh was suspended for two games last year for stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Suh was not allowed to be at the team’s facility during the term of his suspension.

Leshoure, who recovered from a hamstring injury and played in the last two preseason games, was in good spirits after Thursday night’s game with Buffalo.

He missed all of last season with a torn Achilles sustained early in training camp. He did not play in any games, preseason or regular season.

“I’m going to have a job to do when I get back, so I just want to make it as easy as possible by continuing the training and being ready,” Leshoure said.

“I don’t have to leave, so that’s a good, positive thing. I don’t know the details yet.”

Leshoure was noticeably more comfortable against the Bills than he was in his first game against Oakland a week ago. He carried five times for a net gain of one yard against Oakland.

He carried 15 times for 43 yards and caught a pass for 33 yards against Buffalo. He scored a touchdown on a two-yard run.

Leshoure kept the ball to give to his mother, Jacqueline Jones.