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Demetri Goodson suspension: Packers CB banned for four games for PEDs

Green Bay now has another player who will not be able to play during the first month of the 2016 season.

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The Green Bay Packers are going to be short some defensive depth over the first few games in the 2016 season. Defensive lineman Mike Pennel was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season earlier this year, and now he has a teammate joining him. Cornerback Demetri Goodson was just suspended for the same timeframe, according to an NFL press release.

The official reason given for Goodson's suspension was the same as Guion's: violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Both Pennel and Goodson were part of the Packers' 2014 rookie class, with Pennel an undrafted free agent and Goodson a sixth-round draft pick out of Baylor. The 5'11", 197-pound Goodson played primarily on special teams for the Packers over the past two seasons, being on the active roster for 20 regular-season games and both of the Packers' playoff games this past year.

This does not appear to be much of a blow to the Packers' defense, however. Goodson was no better than fourth on Green Bay's depth chart at cornerback, behind Sam Shields, Damarious Randall, and Quinten Rollins, and he may have slipped to fifth behind LaDarius Gunter as well. However, he did fill in on defense when the Packers were down a few boundary corners on a few occasions in 2015.