BBAO: Lions suspensions 'likely'

We're Black and Blue All Over:

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- We're gearing up for one more day of minicamp with the Green Bay Packers. And a few hundred miles east of here, it appears the Detroit Lions are preparing themselves for multiple suspensions stemming from their unusual offseason.

On the first day of his team's minicamp, Lions president Tom Lewand said that NFL suspensions for defensive tackle Nick Fairley and running back Mikel Leshoure are "certainly something that could be a possibility and I would say likely if you look at similar incidences on other teams." (Via Terry Foster of the Detroit News.)

Both players have had multiple legal entanglements this offseason, and commissioner Roger Goodell tends to regard repeat offenders with particular disdain. But I would also say Goodell's decisions aren't always predictable.

Perhaps Lewand knows more than he is letting on. Ultimately, though, what he said makes sense. It's more likely a matter of when, not if, Fairley and Leshoure are suspended.

Continuing around the NFC North: