ESPN Detroit Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the third time he has been suspended since the start of last season. Bryant, then with the Cleveland Browns, was suspended for the first four games of last season for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The Browns released him when his suspension ended. The Lions claimed him on waivers in October. He was suspended three games in November, also for violating the substance abuse policy. In this most recent suspension, the NFL said Bryant will be eligible to return to the Lions’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 2, and is eligible to participate in all of the team’s preseason practices and games. Bryant, 27, became a free agent after the season and re-signed with the Lions in March on a one-year, $855,000 contract with $40,000 guaranteed.
Armonty Bryant has always been a talented player, he had three sacks in five games with the Detroit Lions last season before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury, but Armonty Bryant simply cannot stay on the field because he is seemingly unable to pass a drug test. Armonty Bryant has now been suspended three times during the last year for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs, and I am not sure how he keeps getting three or four game suspensions, because you would think that he would have repeat offender status by now. Hey Armonty Bryant, the rest of the league has figured out how to get around drug tests, maybe ask your teammates how they avoid suspensions and follow their advice.