Harley Bennell is suspended in all but name after Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade confirmed he is no guarantee to return next week.
Eade said Bennell's banishment from the team is "open-ended", but stopped short of describing it as punishment for the 22-year-old's drug-related misdemeanours.
Bennell is fit and ready to play but did not travel with the Suns to Cairns for Saturday's clash with the Western Bulldogs, after also missing last week's win over North Melbourne.
Asked if Bennell's absence should be interpreted as a club-enforced punishment, Eade said: "He wants to play."
"But we don't think it's appropriate that he does play for a whole range of reasons."