The Detroit Lions have seen one of their top free agent players get disciplined by the NFL, and the punishment is stiff.

Safety Jayron Kearse was handed a 3 game suspension by the NFL on Friday afternoon. The discipline stems from the defender’s DUI in 2019 in Minnesota while he was playing with the Vikings.

According to the Lions, the team was poised for the suspension and knew it was coming. It will keep Kearse out until Week 4 of the regular season, but he can work with the team during training camp and the lead into this coming season on the field.

Kearse is competing at safety for the Lions where he expects to join the likes of Duron Harmon, Tracy Walker, Will Harris and company. He figures to get a ton of snaps this season in a scheme that places value on safeties and what they can do.

When he joins the team, Kearse will be back and ready to play a solid role for the team. Sitting out should at the very least keep him healthy for the early part of the season.