Lee had his suspension lifted Monday according to the NFL's transaction report.
Lee was hit with a four-game suspension to end the year for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. The Jets will now face the decision of whether or not they wish to extend a fifth-year option to the linebacker. If the fifth year option is not exercised by May 3, Lee will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2019 league year. The former 2016 first-round selection recorded 74 tackles, five pass breakups, three interceptions and a touchdown through 12 games this season.
Lee received a four-game suspension Friday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Unless Lee plans to appeal the suspension, his 2018 season will come to an end with just four games remaining on the Jets' schedule. The 2016 first-round pick's absence comes at an unfortunate time for those rostering him in IDP leagues, where he had been a serviceable option with 74 tackles, five pass breakups, three interceptions and a touchdown through 12 outings. Kevin Pierre-Louis or Neville Hewitt could be pressed into larger roles at inside linebacker alongside Avery Williamson with Lee out of the picture.
Lee logged 11 tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bills.
Lee posted his highest single-game tackle total of the season during the Week 10 loss, during which time the Jets' defense was outmatched by Buffalo's offense during all phases of the game. The 2016 first-rounder's tackle volume and work in pass coverage keep him on the IDP radar, and Lee will look to log another strong performance against the Patriots in Week 11.
Lee led his team with eight tackles (six solo) while adding a pass defended and an interception in Sunday's 42-34 win over the Colts.
Lee returned the interception 25 yards before being taken down. The coverage linebacker has really blossomed in his third season, having already recorded three interceptions through six weeks after failing to pick off a single pass in his first two seasons.
Lee posted two interceptions and seven tackles (six solo) in Monday's win over the Lions.
Lee managed to return one of his two interceptions Monday for a touchdown, giving the Jets their first defensive score since 2013. He was the star performer on a Jets defense that was dominant on Monday night, and while this level of production is obviously not sustainable, Lee is off to a great start to his third NFL season after recording the first two picks of his career.
|2016||New York Jets||13||73||45.0||28||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2017||New York Jets||15||94||67.0||27||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2018||New York Jets||12||74||43.0||31||0||3||82||27.3||36||1||5|
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|2017||New York Jets||15||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New York Jets||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|