Lions DE Armonty Bryant suspended 4 games for substance abuse policy violation, his third suspension start of 2016 season
The NFL suspended Detroit Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant four games without pay for violation of the substance abuse policy, the league announced.
It's the third time Bryant has been suspended since the start of the 2016 season.
Bryant's first suspension came as a member of the Cleveland Browns and he was banned for the first four games of last season for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Cleveland released Bryant at the end of his suspension and the Lions picked him up on the waiver wire soon after.
A month after the Lions claims him on waivers, he was suspended again, this time for a violation the substance abuse policy.
He ended up playing in five games in 2016 for the Lions, recording three sacks.
Bryant, 27, is eligible to return to the Lions' roster on Oct. 2 after the team's Week 4 contest against the Minnesota Vikings. Bryant can participate in the team's preseason practices and games.