The Packers signed defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove in the offseason, and he's facing an eight-game suspension for his involvement in this scandal. And linebacker Scott Fujita has been starting for the Browns since 2010, but he was suspended three games for his role in the 2009 program. Here's a look at how those teams are prepared for the loss:
In addition, Green Bay drafted two defensive linemen, including Michigan State's Jerel Worthy in the second round. Worthy could take snaps Hargrove might have taken, and that should help his development. The same can be said for Iowa's Mike Daniels, a fourth-rounder. End Jarius Wynn showed signs of being a productive player in four starts last year, and he'll need to emerge over the first eight games.
• Browns: Fujita's suspension isn't as lengthy as Hargrove's, and Cleveland does have experience putting out a starting lineup that doesn't include the strong-side backer in it. Last year, for instance, weakside linebacker Chris Gocong functioned in Fujita's place when Fujita had a hand injury, causing a minor lineup juggle. That shouldn't be difficult to do for three games.
The impact of losing Fujita could go further than what happens between the whistles, however. Fujita is also a team leader for the young defense, and his contributions on a daily basis will be missed in the season's opening month.