FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darron Lee’s season has ended abruptly.
The starting inside linebacker for the Jets was suspended without pay for the final four games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Lee, 24, started serving the suspension immediately. He can go back on the active roster Dec. 31 — the day after the season finale at New England.
The Jets had no comment beyond passing along the facts of the suspension from the NFL.
The Jets made Lee the 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State. He has had a few other transgressions since then.
Lee was benched for a game against Kansas City last December after arriving late for practice. Video also came out in June 2017 that showed defensive lineman Leonard Williams restraining him at a music festival in New York City during what coach Todd Bowles said was an argument between Lee and his girlfriend.
Former Jets linebacker Bart Scott criticized Lee on radio and TV in August for his play, calling his toughness into question.
The 6-1, 232-pounder had two interceptions in the Jets’ victory over the Lions in the season opener, including a pick-6. He started every game for the Jets this season and was second on the team with 99 tackles.
Lee has totaled four sacks in his three seasons. Three of them came last year, when he finished second on the team with 123 tackles, including nine for losses.