Anthony Hargrove and Mike Neal have both been suspended by the NFL, Hargrove for taking part in the NFL's bounty program and Neal for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
It may turn out that neither of them is suspended, as they can appeal the punishment.
At the very least, however, the attention brought about by their situations has provided an unnecessary distraction.
And at worst, the need to prepare players on the 53-man roster has the coaching staff giving the bulk of its attention to the players they know will be available.
Head coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged as much in a May press conference.
“It’s important for us to get the whole team trained,” McCarthy said. “The priority will be to be ready for the opening of our season with our 53 players.”
With such uncertainty about the availability of Hargrove and Neal, Jerel Worthy has been practicing with the starters in the nickel package while C.J. Wilson has been running with the ones in the base defense.
The pair of suspended players can continue to practice through training camp, and they won't take up a roster spot on the 53, so it doesn't hurt for the Packers to keep them around.
But once their suspension is over, the Packers must make a choice. Either they must make room for Hargrove and Neal or cut ties with them.