NFL suspends Packers’ Mike Neal four games

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The NFL has suspended Packers defensive lineman Mike Neal for the first four games of the 2012 regular season for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The suspension has been announced by the NFL and confirmed by the team. There is no word on which performance-enhancing substance, specifically, Neal tested positive for.

Neal will be eligible to take part in all offseason activities, training camp and the preseason and then will have to be away from the team throughout the first four weeks of the regular season before he’s allowed to return for Week Five.

The 24-year-old Neal has been a disappointment since the Packers selected him out of Purdue in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. Neal has played in just nine games, starting none of them, and has been credited with just four total tackles. The Packers may be close to the point where they simply decide that Neal isn’t worth it — not good for a player they drafted 56th overall just 23 months ago.

21 responses to “NFL suspends Packers’ Mike Neal four games

  1. When is this all going to stop? How long does it take to analyze a sample? Can we do them all … right now please?

    Of course is does get the Saints out of the news.

  2. Not surprising. Given that he was trying to get back onto the field and by all indications that they should have just put him on the shelf for 2011, I’m sure he took something to try to speed up the healing process and got caught.

  3. Of course, this bit of crow won’t stop Packers fans from engaging in their nauseating habit of crassly pointing out character issues on other teams.

  4. Well one thing he has going for him is Rodgers is great friends with Braun so getting his attorney should be no problem.

    As a packer fan I am disgusted with this kid.. Not only did I feel last year his knee injury he milked way longer than it should have taking.

    2 years of nothing and now suspended for 4 games it is time for the Packers to send a clear message to Mr Mike Neal and that message is your time in Green Bay is up.

  5. firethorn1001 says:Mar 13, 2012 5:49 PM

    I’m sure he took something to try to speed up the healing process and got caught.


    More likely he hasn’t been good enough or productive enough so he was looking for an advantage and got caught.

    Love how Packer fans attack players from other teams who get suspended (i.e. saying the Williams Wall was taking PEDs when they weren’t) but then make excuses for their own.

  6. thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Mar 13, 2012 6:19 PM
    Aaron Rodgers insists that Neal is innocent because the guy who collected the sample didn’t get it to a FedEx right away.


    I guess we’ll see. They have rules for handling evidence for a reason you know….by the way, how’s your stadium coming?

  7. There must be some sort of mix up in the treatment of his injury. He obviously wasn’t following the directions of the Packers medical staff. He is the first Packers player ever caught with performance enhancers isn’t he?

    A class organization like the Packers will deal with this situation very effectively with these bad influences from down South in Indiana.

  8. If Rodgers says anything he needs to either learn to shut up and stay out of every bodies personal life’s or simply quit football and become an attorney…

  9. The draft it is not an exact science. Sometimes you just plain swing and miss. It happens to all of the teams and even the very best talent evaluators are not exempt. The only exception I put on this rule is that 1st rounders should be a lock to become a starter very quickly. After the 1st round, every kid has risk attached to him.

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