Detroit Lions defender Khyri Thornton gets six-game ban

Thornton's return would come during a bye week for the Lions, meaning his first possible game for Detroit would be on October 29 against Pittsburgh.

Published: 21st June 2017 10:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2017 02:24 PM   |  A+A-

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Khyri Thornton | AP

By AFP

NEW YORK: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Khyri Thornton was suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the first six games of the 2017 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Thornton's return would come during a bye week for the Lions, meaning his first possible game for Detroit would be on October 29 against Pittsburgh.

The 27-year-old defender made 18 tackles with one quarterback sack over 13 games for the Lions last season, six as a starter.

Thornton signed a two-year deal worth $3.3 million with the Lions following the campaign with a $325,000 signing bonus.

Under the terms of the NFL's anti-drug policy with the players union, Thornton is able to take part in training camp practices and pre-season games.

Thornton was taken in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers before injury wiped out his rookie year.

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