Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis has been hit with a suspension after appearing to violate the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, reports ESPN.
25-year-old Lewis, a former Sooner who was selected by the Lions out of the University of Oklahoma with the 223rd pick of the 2012 draft, will be forced to miss four games and therefore the rest of the 2013 regular season.
Lewis, a former Freshman All-American, will be presumably available in the event that Jim Schwartz's team do make the post-season, however, something that appears extremely likely given that they currently top the NFC North with a 7-5 record.
The former College star would appear to feel considerable remorse for his actions, acknowledging that he has let his teammates down.
"I apologize to my coaches, teammates, the Lions organization and our fans for my actions," Lewis said in a statement that was quoted by ESPN.
"I have let my team down and there's nothing worse than that. I will not make the same mistake again. I look forward to returning to the team after I serve my suspension."
The Lions, who cruised to an emphatic 40-10 victory over the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers last Thursday, return to action during week 14 with a potentially tricky trip to face the 7-5 Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
Given that Lewis has only featured for the Lions in special teams so far this season, fans will hope that his forthcoming absence will not prove detrimental to their positive campaign.