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Packers’ Mike Pennel suspended four games

during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. Getty Images

Packers defensive tackle Mike Pennel will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.

The NFL announced today that Pennel is suspended for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Pennel can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, but he’ll be banished from the team for the first four weeks of the regular season.

The 24-year-old Pennel has shown promise in his young career, but he’s also had his share of problems, including multiple suspensions at Arizona State. He signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

Last year Pennel played in all 16 games, starting five.

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62 Responses to “Packers’ Mike Pennel suspended four games”
  1. lightninhopkins says: Feb 19, 2016 4:23 PM

    I didn’t realize that the Packers had any guys under 25.

  2. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:24 PM

    Career limiting move. The Packers don’t tolerate this sort of nonsense.

  3. deltaoracle says: Feb 19, 2016 4:26 PM

    Guess it’s time to re-open negotiations with Raji…
    Dumb move by Pennel.

  4. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 19, 2016 4:26 PM

    So, for those four games, neither Pennel nor Clay will make a tackle.

  5. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 19, 2016 4:27 PM

    Yes, he’s had his share of problems, but we’re hard up.

  6. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says: Feb 19, 2016 4:28 PM

    Uh oh. Following in the footsteps of Guion, Jolly and other Choker drug hall of famers.

    And now with steroid allegations towards Matthews and others regarding that Indy clinic?

    Matthews gained 40 lbs of muscle when he was at USC in 6 months.

    But he doesn’t use steroids.

    Nah.

  7. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 19, 2016 4:28 PM

    Maybe if my Packers take enough drugs we won’t finish in second place.

  8. igocommando says: Feb 19, 2016 4:28 PM

    Not surprised. Low class football for lower class people.

  9. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 19, 2016 4:30 PM

    He’s lucky he didn’t get caught down in Manitowoc. They’d give him at least 20 years.

  10. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 19, 2016 4:32 PM

    Was he riding with Guion?

  11. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 19, 2016 4:34 PM

    Eddie told him it was candy.

  12. contra74 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:37 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:24 PM
    Career limiting move. The Packers don’t tolerate this sort of nonsense.
    —-
    You’re right. Though its a shame it wasn’t a drug and gun related charge because he would then be looking at a contract extension like Guion.

  13. shaggytoodle says: Feb 19, 2016 4:38 PM

    That obsession some of you all have is INTENSE.

    Looks like the NFL decided to make people get tested a little earlier since everyone was laughing at how the league had the “routine” and could beat the substance test quite easily.

  14. fartweasel says: Feb 19, 2016 4:40 PM

    He plays for Green Bay, 4 games off is a prize, not a punishment!

  15. ariani1985 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:41 PM

    And absolutely nothing of value will be lost!

  16. grabgrabgrab says: Feb 19, 2016 4:42 PM

    Better football for better people.

  17. ariani1985 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:43 PM

    Trust me, there is nothing promising playing for the hapless packers defense!

  18. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 4:45 PM

    I didn’t realize that the Packers had any guys under 25.
    ————–
    Odd thing to say about a team that is always in the top 5 youngest teams over the last 8 years.

  19. purplepeople1 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:45 PM

    What a joke team. People really need to get off the packers wagon. It sailed away when Favre left wake up losers haha

  20. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 4:47 PM

    Maybe if my Packers take enough drugs we won’t finish in second place.
    —————
    Are you implying that the Vikings went to rehab after the last off season while the Packers were winning the division 4 years in a row?

  21. stellarperformance says: Feb 19, 2016 4:50 PM

    The trolls came often and early for this one. There can only be one reason:

    Wide Left

  22. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 4:52 PM

    Wide Left x 2 Never forget!

  23. lindacaseauthor says: Feb 19, 2016 4:53 PM

    Next up. . . The three HGH divas. . . Neal, Old Man Peppers, and My Name is Claitlin. I think NFL fans should INSIST the league speed up that controversial investigation in the name of fairness and justice and exposing the Slackers for who they really are.

  24. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 19, 2016 5:06 PM

    It’s OK, Mike. We weren’t planning on winning those four games anyway.

  25. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 19, 2016 5:08 PM

    What’s he gonna do with all that free time? He can’t work out 24/7. I could use some help making lamp shades.

  26. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 5:09 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:24 PM

    Career limiting move. The Packers don’t tolerate this sort of nonsense.
    _________

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Oh, that’s a knee slapper!

    Try googling “Packer suspended.” The whole Internet slows down.

  27. gopack12go says: Feb 19, 2016 5:17 PM

    Trolls are desperate today. Pathetic.

  28. glac1 says: Feb 19, 2016 5:25 PM

    Any player caught using any illegal substance should be banned from the game for good. The league needs to start cleaning up its act..

  29. vikingsandvikingsfanssuck says: Feb 19, 2016 5:26 PM

    viking trolls have nothing better to do then worry about a team that has done nothing but Win……..well i guess except for your super bowl at the end of last year, you guys did win the div….but your kicker put up that nice one……you remember that one right?

  30. rosstuckershair says: Feb 19, 2016 5:29 PM

    The trolls came often and early for this one. There can only be one reason:

    Wide Left

    Yep Larry was wide open on the left side…also wide left could be to describe Mike Neal running to the ten yard line when Fitz took the handoff…game over. He ran to the 10 last year when Russell faked.

    What is this now in the last 2 offseasons…Packers now 4-5 guys with offseason trouble?…Vikings 0

  31. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 5:29 PM

    Try googling “Packer suspended.” The whole Internet slows down.
    ———–
    Much like googling “Viking arrested”. No team has more arrests over the last 6 years than the Minnesota Vikings!

  32. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 5:30 PM

    Any player caught using any illegal substance should be banned from the game for good. The league needs to start cleaning up its act..
    ————-
    Do you think marijuana is a performance enhancing drug? Most don’t.

  33. rosstuckershair says: Feb 19, 2016 5:30 PM

    viking trolls have nothing better to do then worry about a team that has done nothing but Win……..well i guess except for your super bowl at the end of last year, you guys did win the div….but your kicker put up that nice one……you remember that one right?

    I think the last 2 Green Bay Rodgers overtime games were the quickest in NFL history. Gotta love that Dom and his Cover 0

  34. whatjusthapped says: Feb 19, 2016 5:32 PM

    You gotta love the Viking trolls, the Packers record in the last 13 games is 10-2-1. That’s dominance, pure and simple.

  35. ariani1985 says: Feb 19, 2016 5:33 PM

    Who is going to be the first troll to bring up the facts that little erin Rogers has never won a OT game?

  36. cribbage12 says: Feb 19, 2016 5:39 PM

    igocommando says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:28 PM
    Not surprised. Low class football for lower class people.

    ////////////////

    Try coming up with your own creative lines. Or are u one of those dudes who hears a good joke then bores everyone at the bar telling it all night as if it was yours?

  37. ariani1985 says: Feb 19, 2016 5:55 PM

    Watching the packers trying to win OT playoff games is very entertaining.

  38. granadafan says: Feb 19, 2016 5:58 PM

    First, I fully support the legalization of pot. There’s no excuse for it not to be legal and taxed. Blame the conservatives and religious fanatics for it not being legal and their weird laws against alcohol.

    Second, the NFL has already made weed fairly minor and gives players multiple chances to comply with simple rules and the LAW before suspension. As another poster pointed out, Pennel had to have already failed FOUR tests to get suspended.

    He’s a moron, end of story.

  39. cinzano08 says: Feb 19, 2016 6:06 PM

    Pretty bad with all the cheaters getting caught on the packers and they still can’t win.

  40. bearssuck says: Feb 19, 2016 6:11 PM

    Hey Queens fans a lot of air/space in the Queens trophy case eh? Mediocre organization past, present & future. Facts are Facts.

  41. cheeseisfattening says: Feb 19, 2016 6:26 PM

    What an offseason the Packer are having! 😁

    Soft football for arrogant, self-entitled people.

    (Seriously, they actually think they are better people just on the merits of the football team they follow. That is not my opinion. It is a fact. Just read the comments above to see for yourself.)

  42. lindacaseauthor says: Feb 19, 2016 6:28 PM

    bearssuck says:
    Feb 19, 2016 6:11 PM
    Hey Queens fans a lot of air/space in the Queens trophy case eh? Mediocre organization past, present & future. Facts are Facts.
    ——————
    Take out the “future”. The Vikings ARE the future and Cheddarville HAS no future.

  43. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 6:38 PM

    Pretty bad with all the cheaters getting caught on the packers and they still can’t win.
    ————–
    Pretty bad that you cannot understand the difference between performance enhancing drugs and substances of abuse (ie. Mary Jane)

  44. pkrlvr says: Feb 19, 2016 6:39 PM

    Viking trolls make up 30 of the 40 current posts. Truly pathetic….especially from fans of a team whose never won anything, ever. 2 one n done playoff appearances since 2009. Wretched.

  45. pkrlvr says: Feb 19, 2016 6:42 PM

    What’s truly pathetic is that the unquestioned STAR of the team these trolls pull for missed a whole season for beating up a kid, never showed remorse, and blamed the team. They still cheered for him like nothing happened. Yet when one of our undrafted free agents smokes some pot they’re in here throwing a ton of rocks from their glass houses. What a fitting fan base for one of the worst franchises in sports history.

  46. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 6:45 PM

    Take out the “future”. The Vikings ARE the future and Cheddarville HAS no future.
    ————
    Rodgers has not retired yet for the Vikings to beg him to solidify the weak QB position. Now if you would have drafted Carr, you could make the argument that maybe they could contend year in and year out. Ooooops!

  47. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 19, 2016 6:56 PM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Feb 19, 2016 5:29 PM

    Try googling “Packer suspended.” The whole Internet slows down.
    ———–
    Much like googling “Viking arrested”. No team has more arrests over the last 6 years than the Minnesota Vikings!
    _______

    That’s an arbitrary timeline. Why don’t we just use the past year? Packers dominate.

  48. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:01 PM

    Dang, this is bad. Pennel isn’t even a former Viking.

  49. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Feb 19, 2016 7:07 PM

    That’s an arbitrary timeline. Why don’t we just use the past year? Packers dominate.
    ———–
    Most people understand the importance of sample size, especially greater than 1. That’s statistics 101. Why 6 years? Because that’s how far PFT went back with their arrest records. The bigger the sample size the more accurate your data is. Real basic stuff. But you stick with your 1 year sample size.

  50. beerbratscheese says: Feb 19, 2016 7:15 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Feb 19, 2016 6:28 PM
    ——————
    Take out the “future”. The Vikings ARE the future and Cheddarville HAS no future.

    —————

    The Vikings have been nothing but sawdust under the cleats of the Packers for a couple decades now, and there’s no logical reason to think that’s going to change any time soon.

  51. ariani1985 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:27 PM

    I would be on drugs to if I had to live in turd bay!

  52. dragonfly99 says: Feb 19, 2016 7:51 PM

    Mike Pennel’s time in Green Bay might be over.

  53. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 19, 2016 7:57 PM

    I will take that over a year-long suspension for beating a four-year-old.

  54. Suedevanshoe says: Feb 19, 2016 8:03 PM

    This blows. He does show promise, and he speaks very well in interviews.

    Hopefully he can kick the habit for seven more years of productive football

  55. igocommando says: Feb 19, 2016 8:06 PM

    cribbage12 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 5:39 PM
    igocommando says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:28 PM
    Not surprised. Low class football for lower class people.

    ////////////////

    Try coming up with your own creative lines. Or are u one of those dudes who hears a good joke then bores everyone at the bar telling it all night as if it was yours?
    ………………
    I sincerely apologize. If it was you that first typed “Low class football for lower class people”, regarding the packers, then I salute you. If it was someone else, then I would give them the credit. The phrase has been around for decades, I certainly am not taking credit for it. I do have a good joke about packers fans and sheep though. In fairness, it’s not really my joke.

  56. blairwalshisthenewrayfinkle says: Feb 19, 2016 8:18 PM

    Viking fans are complete tools. Arani is the king of the tools.

  57. nicopenelope says: Feb 19, 2016 10:15 PM

    Two sad but truthful things. Pennel is an idiot and the Vikings have no Super Bowls.

  58. jhtobias says: Feb 20, 2016 1:39 AM

    The sad thing is Teresa Bridgewater doesn’t have to take female hormones to be able to throw his mighty 35 yard deep route toss he/she has in her/his arsenal ..

  59. stellarperformance says: Feb 20, 2016 5:24 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Feb 19, 2016 6:26 PM
    Seriously, they actually think they are better people just on the merits of the football team they follow.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    No, we don’t think we’re better people because of the team we follow. We think we’re better people than vindictive, mean-spirited, bitter, and jealous haters.

    Like you.

  60. itscarpweekondiscoverwi says: Feb 20, 2016 8:07 PM

    “Try googling “Packer suspended.” The whole Internet slows down.”

    I’m sure it does in East Dakota. Slip the signal man a loony and see if he can get your dot dot dashes through sooner

  61. ariani1985 says: Feb 21, 2016 1:06 AM

    Jeffrey Wisconsin favorite son,

    You sure are a bitter packer fan! Put the knife down and step away from the ledge!

  62. stellarperformance says: Feb 21, 2016 12:16 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 21, 2016 1:06 AM
    Jeffrey Wisconsin favorite son. You sure are a bitter packer fan! Put the knife down and step away from the ledge!
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Except he’s a poorly disguised sheep in wolves clothing and a fellow Viking troll.

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