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In Green Bay, D Stands for Drugs

Demetri Goodson

For the second straight year the Packers will start their season with two defensive players serving suspensions for violating the NFL’s drug policy.

Last year, it was Datone Jones and Letroy Guion who started the season in street clothes. In 2016, Mike Pennel and Demetri Goodson will proudly take up that torch.

Demetri Goodson added to his so far promising career by getting clipped with a 4 game suspension, allegedly for using PEDs, though his lack of “enhanced” play suggests he might be taking the wrong drugs.

It now seems like a Packer defender being dinged for a drug offense is a regular rite of spring. Whether it is smoking the chronic or taking PEDs, the Packer defense can’t seem to get out of the NFL doghouse. With Guion, Jones, Pennel and Goodson now all having served suspensions, the Packers are just one more violation away from losing someone for a significant stretch of time.

When you combine that with the stories that allegedly have linked Clay Matthews and Mike Neal to performance enhancers, Packer defenders just can’t stay away from the pharmacy and keep their noses clean.

Goodson’s loss mostly hurts the Packers special teams, where Goodson was one of the better players. The Packers remain stacked at the corner position with LaDarius Gunter likely happy for the news.


Shawn Neuser attended UWGB and lives and works in Green Bay. He enjoys long walks on the beach and being intimate with game film.



  1. Kato April 9, 2016

    Idiots. I bet its adderol for Goodson. He doesn’t seem to be the type for steroids. I am a big TT and MM defender, but I still have never understood why they kept him last year. Or why he was drafted where he was when he was almost certainly going to be undrafted. Then keeping him on the active roster rather than the PS. Decent special teamer, but it just doesn’t seem like he will ever be good enough in coverage to ever be a nickel back

  2. MJ April 9, 2016

    They probably forgot he was in the final 53.

  3. V April 9, 2016

    Players smoke herb all the time, I’m sure. Maybe the NFL looks the other way on testing positive for that?
    It seems their primary concern are PEDs but I’m still feeling like the wacky tabacky use is prevalent and brushed under the table…

    1. PF4L April 9, 2016

      The league doesn’t look the other way when it comes to weed, but…Testing is set up so the players know when the test is, when they need to be clean. But then again, they say you can’t fix stupid. (See Josh Gordon)

  4. vj April 9, 2016


    I’m right. They just have a window to not mess around once a year during testing.

  5. Dave The Lions Fan April 9, 2016

    What a bunch of scumbags on the Green Bay Slackers. There is a culture of cheating and losing games you should win that is manifesting in GB.


    1. PF4L April 9, 2016

      Not quite as entertaining than the culture of losing that is the Detroit Lions.

      The Ford’s make a nice truck. But as far as winning NFL Championships, not so much.

    2. Tucson Packer April 9, 2016


      It’s hard to take anything you have ever said or have yet to say seriously because, well, hahaha, You’re a Lion’s fan. It just plain sucks to be you.

    3. Ferris April 9, 2016

      This is a bottom tier player Dave. Unlike Calvin Johnson. His loss may make Green Bay better. He sucks. I’m sure not having Calvin Johnson make the Lions better. Not go back to your crack house (which is every house in Detroit) and your team and leave us alone.

  6. MJ April 9, 2016

    In the players’ defense, THC in marijuana takes very long to disappear from the system. But they should know that and be clean at least a month before the tests.

  7. Mike Ditka's Mom April 9, 2016

    Gonna be fun to play watch the Lions founder without Megadong to bail them out.

    1. PF4L April 10, 2016

      Stay in school kids.

  8. Deepsky April 10, 2016

    Let’s not get carried away. Sure the Packers have a few violations. The Seahawks always lead this category with something like a third of their team being suspended. The Lions have had a few too.

  9. SC April 12, 2016

    Shut yer pie hole. What do you know about football? You are a lamb err lions fan.