ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Mikel Leshoure knew he'd be hearing from the league. Yet, expecting a suspension doesn't lighten the blow of actually receiving the ruling from the NFL.
“I’m definitely not happy about it," Leshoure said.
"I understand the consequences you have to face when you do wrong."
Leshoure, caught with marijuana twice this offseason, was suspended two games and fined two proceeding paychecks for violating the league's substance abuse program. The NFL announced the ruling Wednesday.
“I would love to be out there with my team," Leshoure said of the two games he'll miss. He is eligible to participate in the team's offseason program and preseason games.
"I know one thing for sure and one thing for certain: I definitely learned from my mistakes."
He said he hopes to put his off-field issues behind him, and said he may appeal the suspension. The second-year back said he hadn't yet started the process.
Limited to just individual position drills throughout the team's offseason program, Leshoure took hand-offs during minicamp. His participation gave the team a visible boost of energy.
"They're all rooting for him. Players recognize when guys have worked hard and I think you saw a reflection of that," Jim Schwartz said.
Nate Burleson said he looks at Leshoure's situation with "the glass half full." He expects Leshoure to be ready for his Week 3 return.
"He's gonna be hungrier than a starving pitbull. When you give a starving pitbull a steak, he's gonna take it down to the gristle," Burleson said.
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Latest Lions Headlines
He's an NFL wide receiver, a fan favorite and now, Nate Burleson can add 'Emmy nominee' to his name. He picked up a nomination for his work on WXYZ's Ford Lions Report Live. INSIDE: Watch the segment.
The Lions have escaped from the problem that is Titus Young, but Titus Young can't seem to escape trouble. The former Lions wide receiver was arrested for the third time in a week, according to reports.
Top Sports Headlines
David Murphy put Texas ahead with a three-run home run, and the Rangers spoiled a three-homer game from Miguel Cabrera with an 11-8 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.
Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Saturday in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series.
Elvis Andrus had a career-high five hits, Mitch Moreland homered and Texas roughed up Anibal Sanchez in the Rangers' 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.
As Detroit gets ready for Game 2 of its Western Conference semifinals against Chicago, we have found someone who might just be the No. 1 Red Wings fan in Detroit.