Detroit Lions safety Jayron Kears has been suspended by three NFL games for violating his substance abuse policy.
Kearse, 26, signed with the lions in March after four seasons in Minnesota, where he played in 62 games with five starts, made 79 games and defended eight passes.
Kearse was accused of DWI and carried a firearm without permission last October when he was with the Vikings. Kearse apologized for his actions in October, saying the arrest was not “a reflection of who I am as a human being.”
The NFL did not say whether the suspension was related to the October arrest.
“We knew about the situation at the free agency, we obviously checked it out. We talked to Jayron and we felt satisfied with him and the situation,”; said Lions coach Matt Patricia. “It is clear, [we] they became much more familiar with him from the free agency and felt satisfied with it all. We knew something was coming. … It’s a league, and I’ll let it go.
“It’s something we learned about during the free agency.”
Kearse is entitled to a refund on September 28 after a team match in Arizona.
Detroit is overwhelmed with security behind established companies Tracy Walker and Will Harris after many out-of-court moves, including re-signing Miles Killebrew, signing Kears and trading with Duron Harmon.
Courtney Cronin of ESPN contributed to this report.