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Dorial Green-Beckham arrest, suspension will not hurt Missouri Tigers too much

The arrest and suspension of Dorial Green-Beckham from the Missouri Tigers football team should not hurt them too much in the end against Vanderbilt.

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With the breaking news that Dorial Green-Beckham and two others have been arrested and suspended from the Missouri Tigers football program for one game due to marijuana possession, the immediate question that arises is about the on-field consequences for the rest of the Missouri roster.

In short, Tigers fans want to know just how much the arrest hurts the team's chances. The Tigers have had a hard first couple of games in the SEC thus far against top six ranked programs Georgia and South Carolina. Whether on the road or at Faurot Field, the Tigers simply have looked outmatched against their new colleagues. Now Vanderbilt comes to town for a stretch of three straight home games that will define how the Tigers not only fare in 2012 but how they will be perceived going forward.

Luckily for the team, DGB is a high-octane target that the team has yet to figure out how to use. Jason Kirk of SB Nation says it's not a big deal in the end given how Gary Pinkel has used him -- or not used him -- to this point:

His loss isn't as devastating as it might sound, as he's still getting his feet wet. He ranks just fourth on the team in receiving yards and sixth in catches. Still, he made for a frightening weapon that defenses had to spend time accounting for. This means more direct attention for top catchers T.J. Moe and Marcus Lucas.

DGB has only 11 catches on the season through the team's first five games. While the team will miss him as an option, it's more about the appearance of DGB than any real substance so far.