Packers WR Geronimo Allison Suspended One Game

Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison has been suspended for the first game of the 2017 season.

According to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, Allison violated the league's substance abuse policy.

The substance abuse designation means that Allison tested positive for a drug of a recreational nature rather than a performance enhancing drug.

The second year wide receiver was charged with possession of marijuana in December after being arrested when police found marijuana in his car in September.

Allison settled that charge in April.

The 6-3, 202 pound Allison had 12 catches for 202 yards in 10 regular season games after joining the Packers as an undrafted free agent.

How this affects the Packers

Allison is one of a host of receivers competing for a spot on the Packers' 53 man roster, and this could affect the team's decision making in a variety of ways.

Since Allison would not count against the roster for the first week of the regular season, the Packers could delay their final decision on wide receivers for a week. That could allow them to get a longer look at another wide receiver or another borderline player at a different position.

Having the spare roster spot could help the Packers keep some additional help around in the case of a preseason injury as well.

Assuming Letroy Guion plays well enough to make the roster, he also faces a suspension at the start of the 2017 season. As a result, the Packers could in theory have two roster spots up for grabs even into the regular season.