The New York Jets’ already bad 2018 season now took a turn for the worse. After losing several players to injuries, including their starting QB Sam Darnold, the Jets will now have to play without their linebacker Darron Lee until the end of the year due to a league-issued suspension.
Lee, who started every game for the Jets in the last two years, was handed a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s policy and program for substances of abuse.
“Darron Lee of the New York Jets has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” – said NFL spokesperson in a statement. “Lee will begin serving his suspension immediately. Lee will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Monday, December 31 following the team’s December 30 game at New England.“
This suspension will be a tough blow for both the Jets and Darron Lee, who was on pace to have a career season. Lee was selected 20th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Jets but struggled in his first two years in the league. This season, however, he played great football, recording 74 tackles and three interceptions. He also won 82 yards off of those interceptions and scored one defensive touchdown.