Goodson, Pennel tackle suspensions
GREEN BAY - The aftermath of the first public OTA for the Packers took on a decidedly awkward feel for cornerback Demetri Goodson and defensive tackle Mike Pennel.
Both Goodson and Pennel have been suspended by the league for the first four games of 2016, and Tuesday they faced the full contingent of media for the first time since news of their misconduct went public.
“I just want to say I’m sorry to all the fans, just my mom and dad, everybody that loves me and everything,” Goodson said. “I just want to say sorry for doing something — I didn’t mean to do it, but it still happened. I’ve just got to learn from it and come back ready to play after my four games off. Just try not to look in the past about it, try to move on from it as fast as I can.”
Goodson, a cornerback whose primary contributions are on special teams, was suspended four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Though he declined to offer specifics about what triggered the failed test, Goodson said he did not take anything on purpose. He also said the banned substance was nothing designed to give him a competitive advantage.
“I was shocked,” Goodson said. “But after asking people and stuff like this, this type of stuff happens a lot. You’ve just got to be careful of what you take and all that stuff. But like I said, it wasn’t anything that could help me on the field or anything like that.”
Pennel, an up-and-coming defensive lineman, was suspended four games for violating the substance abuse policy. Like Goodson, he did not share the details of his suspension.
“Anything that happens usually in my life, anything that’s a speed bump, I don’t want to say it stunts my growth, but it’s a setback,” Pennel said. “So now I just try to put my best foot forward and be a better person and be a better player for the Green Bay Packers.”
When asked what he learned from the situation, Pennel was blunt: “Follow the rules.”
Once the season begins, Pennel and Goodson can work out at Lambeau Field but are prohibited from practicing. Both players participated in Tuesday's session.
Missing in action: Wide receivers Nelson, Devonte Robinson and Ty Montgomery; cornerbacks Quinten Rollins and Randall Jette; linebackers Joe Thomas, Lerentee McCray and Barrington; center Corey Linsley; and guard T.J. Lang were present Tuesday but did not participate due to injury.
Tackle Kyle Murphy, defensive end Dean Lowry and nose tackle Kenny Clarkare still in school.
Cornerback Sam Shields was absent but practiced Monday and has been involved in the off-season program all spring.