The Green Bay Packers have yet another roster cut coming this week.
By sitting out the Packers' week one game against the Chicago Bears, defensive end Datone Jones has served the one-game suspension that the NFL levied against him for a violation of the substance abuse policy. As such, Jones will be coming off the Reserve/Suspended list and back onto the active roster. That means that the Packers will need to make one roster cut before he returns to practice.
The knee-jerk reaction might be to look through the list of inactive players from Sunday to find the man who will be cut loose, but due to positional needs, that may not be the way the Packers go. Here are a few possibilities for who might be cut to make way for Jones.
DL Bruce Gaston
The Packers only have five defensive linemen on the roster at present, and cutting Gaston to make way for Jones would keep that number static. Gaston played just five snaps on Sunday, and with the Packers using two down linemen extensively (as well as lining up players like Julius Peppers and Nick Perry on the line on passing downs), keeping six or more linemen may be unnecessary. While Gaston had a nice camp, he's unlikely to have an impact on the roster like Jones would.
CB Demetri Goodson
Yes, LaDarius Gunter was inactive, but his ability on defense and impressive play in camp will make him nearly untouchable. Goodson might be the odd man out due to his lack of playing time on defense, even though he spent significant playing time on special teams.
S Chris Banjo
Banjo has been a nice role player for a while now, and with Morgan Burnett injured he will probably stick around for insurance purposes. Still, he is much like Goodson in that he helps lead the special teams but sees little to no playing time on defense.
OL Lane Taylor
It was a bit of a surprise to see Walker active on Sunday and Taylor on the inactive list, but that may be a result of Walker's ability to play more positions than Taylor. After all, Walker lined up at every position but center during training camp. With the trio of Walker, Don Barclay, and JC Tretter all representing versatility on the offensive line, a player like Taylor may be left out in the cold due to his ability to only play the guard positions.
RB Alonzo Harris
We don't see this as a likely cut, with Harris being told he's safe on the roster, but he was inactive for Sunday's game and the Packers do carry two other running backs plus two fullbacks. Green Bay won't cut loose a quarterback or a receiver at this point, so if it's an offensive player who is not a lineman who gets released, Harris is probably the best bet.
Who's your bet to get the pink slip? Let us know in the comments.