Former Minnesota Vikings safety suspended for three games

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Jayron Kearse - Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Jayron Kearse - Minnesota Vikings /

Before he could take the field for his new team, a former Minnesota Vikings safety has been suspended for three games due to substance abuse.

For a while, it seemed like the Minnesota Vikings were slowing grooming safety Jayron Kearse. His excellent effort on special teams and the ability to fill in when needed made him a valuable part of the team for four seasons.

However, Kearse hit free agency following the 2019 NFL season and signed with the division rival Detroit Lions. While the Honolulu blue got a solid player, they will be without his services for the first three games of his career in the Motor City.

According to Detroit Lions senior writer and insider Tim Twentyman on Twitter, Kearse will be suspended for three games based on a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy and program.

The 26-year-old safety will have a better chance of having a bigger role in Detroit when his suspension ends. Had he stayed in Minnesota, He would have been struggling for a role on defense behind superstar safety Harrison Smith and the surging Anthony Harris.

Sadly, with the lack of preseason games and limited offseason activities, it could once again be hard for Jayron Kearse to make a name for himself with the Lions. He will need to really wow Detroit’s staff in a limited amount of time.

Kearse will not miss a head-to-head meeting between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions this season. Their first meeting will take place in Week 9 in Minneapolis while the purple and gold will hit the road for their second clash in the regular-season finale.

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As usual, The Viking Age wishes nothing but the best for their current and former players and staff. Hopefully, Jayron Kearse can bounce back from this suspension and enjoy a long and rewarding career.