Lions DT Khyri Thornton suspended

The Detroit Lions will be without reserve defensive tackle Khyri Thornton for the first six games of the 2017 season. His suspension is related to the NFL’s substance abuse policy. 

Thornton’s first game he will be available is after the bye on October 29 against the Pittsburg Steelers. That’s if he makes the team. 

The 6-3, 315-pound tackle had recently signed a two year extension this past offseason after providing solid depth last year. If the Lions were to release him, he would account for $325,000 in dead cap. 

There is a suspended list he can be placed on once the season commences, but he has to make the 53-man roster before he can be placed on that list. Meaning, you would have to expose another player to the open market, designate Thornton, and hope to resign the player you cut–that’s if somebody else hasn’t already done so. 

Obviously, GM Bob Quinn had a plan in mind for the fourth year DT, but his mediocre talent doesn’t guarantee a spot on the roster. 

It shouldn’t be too terribly difficult to replace the one sack he accounted for last year. He did however rack up six starts for the Lions in 2016. 

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