DETROIT -

Travis Lewis of the Detroit Lions has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Lewis will be eligible to return to the Lions’ active roster on Monday, December 30 following the team’s December 29 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

In a statement released by the team, Lions GM Martin Mayhew said, "All NFL players know they are responsible for their actions, and they also know there are consequences when their actions are not consistent with League policy."

"While we are disappointed that Travis violated League policy and will miss the next four games, we expect that Travis will learn from this experience and not repeat it."

Travis Lewis also released a statement:

"I apologize to my coaches, teammates, the Lions organization and our fans for my actions. I have let my team down and there’s nothing worse than that. I will not make the same mistake again. I look forward to returning to the team after I serve my suspension."