Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion has reportedly been suspended for the first three games of the regular season due to an offseason drug-related arrest but is planning to appeal according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
According to a source, Guion was notified of the three-game ban this week and his agent and lawyers immediately began preparing their appeal. The NFL does not announce suspensions until the appeal process has been completed. The Packers have been bracing for a possible suspension ever since Guion was arrested in February for possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm but had hoped for only a game or two after Guion paid a $5000 fine in a plea deal to avoid prosecution.
The Packers re-signed Guion to a one-year, $2.75 million contract shortly after the case was settled in March. If Guion’s suspension is not reduced, he will lose nearly a half-million dollars off that deal. He would lose three game checks totaling $264,706. He also has a roster bonus for $71,875 for each game he plays in, meaning he would lose another $215,625. Guion is a projected starter at one of the two defensive end positions in Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense.
If Guion’s suspension holds up, the Packers will be without two defensive linemen to start the season. Earlier this month, defensive end Datone Jones was suspended for the regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 13 for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.