Taylor Hooton Foundation > Hoot’s Corner > General > NFL: LETROY GUION SUSPENDED 4 GAMES FOR PED VIOLATION
March 9, 2017

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The NFL suspended Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion for the first four games of the 2017 regular season Tuesday following a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky shared a statement from the NFL:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Tom Silverstein speculated Guion’s suspension puts his future with the Packers in jeopardy:

gave Guion such a small signing bonus – $500K – it’s nothing financially to let him go. They’d clear $1.53M if they let him go.

Guion started 15 games for the Packers in 2016, finishing the year with 30 combined tackles.

The 29-year-old did little to address what was a significant problem for Green Bay: run defense. The Packers ranked 22nd in run defense DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average), per Football Outsiders, and the defensive line was particularly vulnerable in short-yardage situations.

Pro Football Focus graded Guion worst among Green Bay’s three regular interior defenders, and his overall mark (50.1) was 63rd at the position.

Christian Ringo, a sixth-round draft pick who appeared in eight games last year, has the inside track on the starting nose tackle job for the first four games in 2017.

Should the Packers release Guion in the coming weeks, they may look for a more proven upgrade over Ringo.