Detroit Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant has been suspended for a third time for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy — the third time since the 2016 season.
He’ll be on the sidelines for four games this upcoming season, after being suspended for the first four games last season while playing for the Cleveland Browns, who released him before being claimed by the Lions in October.
This new suspension will keep Bryant sidelined until October 2nd.
Despite his off-field troubles, Bryant re-signed with Detroit this offseason on a one-year, $855,000 contract, with $40,000 guaranteed.
With the suspension, the bigger problem for the Lions is their pass rush, which they didn’t address this offseason. Bryant was to compete for snaps in the defensive rotation against Kerry Hyder, Cornelius Washington, Anthony Zettel and Ezekiel Ansah. But now, won’t for at least four games.
On top of it all, Bryant also missed several mandatory meetings and camps with the team. With that said, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Lions waived Bryant.