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DETROIT -- Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis was suspended Tuesday for the final four games of the regular season for violating the NFLs policy on performance-enhancing substances. The 25-year-old Lewis is in his second season after being drafted in the seventh round in 2012. He has played 25 games for Detroit, with no starts, and his contributions have been mostly on special teams. Lewis is eligible to return Dec. 30, one day after Detroits regular-season finale against Minnesota. "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," Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said. "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." In a statement released by the team, Lewis apologized to his coaches, teammates, fans and team. "I have let my team down and theres nothing worse than that," he said. "I will not make the same mistake again. I look forward to returning to the team after I serve my suspension." To fill the roster spot, the Lions signed linebacker Julian Stanford. He played for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Lions are 7-5 and have what is in effect a two-game lead in the NFC North after beating Green Bay 40-10 on Thanksgiving and the Chicago Bears lost to Minnesota over the weekend. They will face the Eagles, also 7-5, on Sunday. "Were really not trying to look too far into the future. Our destiny is on Sunday," wide receiver Nate Burleson said Tuesday. "Whats most important is getting ready for a good Philadelphia team because theyre playing on a high level." Detroits win over Green Bay came after two losses, at Pittsburgh and against Tampa Bay at home. "I dont think we necessarily started looking ahead but in the flow of those games," Burleson said. "We kind of lost our focus and fire to finish." Detroit turned the ball over five times in the 24-21 loss to Tampa Bay on Nov. 24, and even in their win over the Packers last Thursday, the Lions had four more turnovers. "On the offensive side of the football, we just need to take better care of the football," quarterback Matthew Stafford. "If we can eliminate that, I feel real good about where we are." Coach Jim Schwartz said his team needs to take better care of the ball, but turnovers are a byproduct of his teams offence. "Part of that (turnovers) is being aggressive and pushing the ball down the field," he said. "There is some risk/reward in pushing the ball down the field. Some things we can do better in preventing turnovers." Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles has thrown 19 touchdown passes without an interception since taking over as the starter. "Hes been a good decision type guy. Not making mistakes and keeping his team in the game," Lions safety Glover Quin said. Schwartz said that despite Foles numbers the key to slowing down the Philadelphia offence will be limiting its running game, particularly running back LeSean McCoy. NOTES: Lions veteran kicker David Akers has struggled at times this season and missed a short field goal against Green Bay on Thursday. The team invited some kickers in for a workout on Tuesday after practice but Schwartz said that had nothing to do with Akers. "Were just trying to be proactive and be ready for anything that might happen," Schwartz said. .. WR Calvin Johnson and S Louis Delmas didnt practice on Tuesday ... The Lions signed CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to the teams practice squad. Owusu-Ansah played at Indiana (Pa.) in college. Custom Houston Astros Jerseys . The Stampeders announced the move on Wednesday. Bell spent his first two CFL seasons with the B. Alex Bregman Jersey . -- Mike Shanahan gave Robert Griffin III a rest, and may have turned up the pressure on himself, too. http://www.baseballastrosproshop.com/nolan-ryan-astros-jersey/ . -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Kelvin Hayden. Craig Biggio Jersey .com) - Its fair to call Mike McCarthy one of the best coaches in the NFL but its also more than objective to point out that the veteran mentor bookended the Green Bay Packers season with two, truly awful game plans in Seattle. J. R. Richard Jersey . Ashton scored a hat trick -- giving him 13 goals in 16 AHL games this season -- to power the Toronto Marlies to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Lake Erie Monsters in AHL action on Sunday.Wayne Rooneys actions over the weekend have been defended by his former Manchester United team-mate Darren Fletcher, who also believes the striker still has a big future at Old Trafford. England captain Rooney apologised to interim England boss Gareth Southgate and FA technical director Dan Ashworth after images emerged of him which were inappropriate for someone in his position.The images were published in The Sun after Rooney socialised into the early hours of Sunday morning at a wedding party at the England teams hotel in the wake of the 3-0 win over Scotland last Friday. However, Fletcher, who captained Scotland at Wembley, claims Rooney had every right to be celebrating Englands victory over their old rivals and is paying the price for his readiness to mingle with the public. If we had won on Friday, the Scotland players would have celebrated. People think it means more to Scotland but thats not true, which is why they celebrated, and rightly so, said the West Brom midfielder. Fletcher says Scotland would have celebrated if they had won People talk about players being detached from reality, not mingling with fans, and not doing things that players used to do in the past.I think this is an example of why players are scared to do that because you give a little bit of time, give a few pictures, and then youre plastered all over the newspapers. Man Utd vs Arsenal November 19, 2016, 11:30am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass All that is going to do is scare even more players from socialising in public places, because the scrutiny is so much.Everyone has got a phone and social media plays such a big part in the game today, that players dont feel comfortable in these environments, and situations like what happened on Saturday night are going to escalate that.dddddddddddd Rooney celebrates with Adam Lallana Rooney has found himself out of Manchester Uniteds starting line-up in recent weeks after some indifferent performances but Fletcher, who decided to move on from Old Trafford himself after dropping out of the first-team picture, has backed the United captain to tough it out and make his mark for Jose Mourinhos team. Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price Ive been there myself and I made that decision [to leave], said Fletcher. I was comfortable doing that because Id enjoyed my time and I was desperate to play.Wayne was involved in Manchester Uniteds last victory and he captained England against Scotland. I think sometimes its highlighted a little bit too much. Fletcher and Rooney enjoyed plenty of success at Manchester United Theres not much in the margins between bad and good performances - theyre made out to be bigger than they are.Wayne is a talented player and hes the leader of Manchester United. I know that because Ive been there with him.People shouldnt underestimate how much of a leader he is and what a good player he is.I wouldnt be surprised if we were sitting here in a few months and he was starring for Manchester United and pushing them to achieve something this season.Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: England 3-0 Scotland Rooney issues apology Mourinho furious with FA Get a £10 free bet! ' ' '

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