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NFL suspends Lions rookie Jashon Cornell three games

Edge rushers: Starters - Trey Flowers, Romeo Okwara. Bakcups: *Julian Okwara, Austin Bryant, *Jashon Cornell.

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Edge rushers: Starters – Trey Flowers, Romeo Okwara. Bakcups: *Julian Okwara, Austin Bryant, *Jashon Cornell. Gallery cutline

The NFL on Thursday suspended Detroit Lions defensive lineman Jashon Cornell for the first three games of the 2021 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

A seventh-round pick out of Ohio State in 2020, Cornell missed his entire rookie season due a torn Achilles tendon.

Cornell revealed the suspension on Twitter.

“I was informed today by the NFL that I would have to miss the first 3 games of the season. Last year after losing a dear friend of mine I made a mistake that was out of my character. I have owned it and worked on learning from it,” he posted.

“Since then I have grown as a person and now a better man. With that being said I apologize to the Lions organization and the fans. I have learned from my mishap.”

Cornell suffered his Achilles injury during a preseason practice last August.

He played in 46 games (15) starts with the Buckeyes from 2016-19, registering seven sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.

–Field Level Media