Letroy Guion has come to terms with the fact his off-the-field actions will prevent him from participating in the Green Bay Packers' first three regular-season games.
The Packers defensive lineman was suspended last week by the NFL for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse, fallout from his February arrest in Starke, Fla., for felony possession of marijuana (three-fourths of a pound) and firearm.
"You know, the NFL has certain guidelines and rules that you have to follow," said Guion, speaking for the first time since he lost his appeal. "I broke those rules, so I have to do the time."
Police seized about $190,000 in cash and his 2015 Dodge Ram truck during the arrest. Guion reached a plea agreement of no contest in March that included him paying a $5,000 fine and having the charges dismissed.
The ordeal cost Guion more in free agency. Instead of getting a long-term contract for his career year in 2014 (32 tackles, 3½ sacks), the 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive lineman agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract without a signing bonus.
The structure of the contract means Guion will lose out on around $480,000 for the three games he'll miss. He's eligible to return to the Packers' active roster Sept. 29, following the team's Sept. 28 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
"I learned that you can't make mistakes like that during the offseason," Guion said. "You have to take it one day at a time, keep myself prepared and ready to play football when it's time."
Guion can practice with the team this week and participate in Thursday's preseason finale against New Orleans, but will be placed on the reserve/suspended list during this weekend's final cuts. He's one of two defensive linemen the Packers will be down at the start of the season.
Third-year defensive end Datone Jones, who sat out of Saturday's 39-26 loss to Philadelphia with a knee injury, was suspended for the regular-season opener in Chicago because of a substance-abuse violation for a marijuana citation he received after January's NFC title game.
"I feel comfortable with the guys who are stepping up behind me," said Guion, who has two tackles in two preseason appearances. "I feel like we all have been coached well and coached what to do. I feel like they'll hold it down until I get back.
"When I come back, I'll be ready to go."
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