Packers' Letroy Guion isn't going anywhere during suspension


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The next time anyone sees Letroy Guion on the football field will be Oct. 4 at San Francisco, but the Green Bay Packers' suspended defensive tackle plans to get plenty of face time around Lambeau Field in the next month.

He can't practice during his three-game ban for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, but the rules allow players who are suspended for non-PED violations to have access to the team facilities.

And Guion plans to take advantage.

"That's a good new rule; you can stay in-house," Guion said after Thursday's preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints. "It will keep me focused staying around fellas and keep my football mindset, so I should be all right."

Defensive end Datone Jones was unaware of the rule but said he planned to stay in Green Bay during his one-game suspension for violating the same policy.

"It still sucks," said Jones, who did not play in the final two preseason games because of a knee injury. "I'm pissed that I can't be part of this game, especially to start out the season. But I have to do my part by staying in shape and being accountable while I'm away this week and keep my focus going. Even though I missed these two preseason games, I'm OK, and I'll be back for Seattle. I feel like this preseason was a real hard learning lesson for me. I came in and I led our defense in sacks this preseason, and now I just have to keep it going into the regular season."

Guion was in talks with the Packers about a long-term contract before his offseason arrest for possession of marijuana and a firearm and returned on a one-year deal. Now, he'll have three fewer games to prove he's worth a long-term deal.

"That's a lot of snaps and a lot of stats that I've missed out on," Guion said. "I'm not going to focus on that. I'm going to keep it positive and work hard and get the extra work and build my muscle so I can get ready to come back and be explosive."

Neither player will count against the 53-man roster during their suspension, which essentially begins Friday, so the Packers will likely keep two extra defensive linemen during final cuts on Saturday.

Tight end Andrew Quarless still could face a suspension for his offseason arrest in Florida, where he was charged with firing a gun in public. However, Quarless has not been informed of a suspension and likely won't until his case is resolved. He has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 21. So if the Packers keep him after final cuts, he will count on the 53.