June 20, 2017 1:04 PM PT2:04 PM MT3:04 PM CT4:04 PM ET20:04 GMT4:04 1:04 PM MST3:04 PM EST3:04 PM CT0:04 UAE (+1)16:04 ETNaN:� - Thornton has been suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The 27-year-old Thornton will be able to rejoin the Lions following a game against the Saints on Oct. 15. The Lions have a bye the following week, meaning his first possible game action will be against the Steelers on Oct. 29. Analysis: Thornton had 18 tackles and one sack in 13 games for the Lions last season. He signed a two-year, $3.3 million deal in the offseason.