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Letroy Guion thanks Green Bay Packers for sticking with him

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"I'm ready to turn the chapter and start a new chapter," Letroy Guion said. Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Letroy Guion knows the Green Bay Packers could have turned their back on him after his arrest in February, which is why the veteran defensive tackle expressed his gratitude on Thursday.

In his first public comments since his arrest and subsequent plea deal to avoid prosecution for felony possession of marijuana and a firearm, Guion apologized and said he would like to put the incident behind him.

"I'm grateful to be here," Guion said. "I'm glad my team stuck behind me, and I'm ready to turn the chapter and start a new chapter."

The Packers re-signed Guion to a one-year, $2.75 million deal a week after his criminal case was resolved.

Shortly after his arrest in Florida, Guion returned to Green Bay and said he continued his workouts at his home gym while he waited to see what his NFL future would be. He still could face discipline from the NFL under the personal-conduct policy.

"At the sign of trouble you always have worries, but I'm glad they stood by me," Guion said.

When asked what he learned from the incident, Guion said: "I learned not to make mistakes in the offseason."

He would not say whether he has been successful in recovering his vehicle and $190,028.81 in cash that police seized during his arrest.

During Thursday's organized team activities practice, Guion lined up at defensive end in the Packers' base 3-4, giving way to B.J. Raji at nose tackle. Last year, Guion played mostly at the nose after Raji was lost for the season because of a torn biceps tendon in the preseason. He also took some snaps as one of the two defensive tackles in the sub packages.

"Letroy is full-go when it comes to football," Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said. "Letroy is like a little kid out there. He loves this game. He loves to practice. There's obviously no difference in that with him. But you can see some maturity in him."