GREEN BAY, Wis. — Geronimo Allison, the Green Bay Packers‘ second-year receiver who made a surprising contribution as a rookie, was suspended for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday.
Allison, 23, was charged in December with possession of marijuana in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, stemming from a September traffic stop.
Allison pleaded no contest in April, when he paid a $330.50 fine to reduce the charge from a misdemeanor to an ordinance violation, according to Wisconsin circuit court records. He will be suspended without pay, meaning he would lose one check — or $31,764. His $540,000 salary is not guaranteed, so he would only be paid for games in which he’s on the 53-man roster.
Allison will not count on the roster during his one-week suspension. He will be allowed to practice during training camp and play in preseason games.