Neal has yet to agree to meet with the league regarding allegations linking him to performance-enhancing drugs, Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com reports. James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have all agreed to be interviewed, so it appears Neal is the only player yet to fall into the demands of league officials. Neal hasn't signed with a team after becoming a free agent at the start of the offseason, which means the lingering suspension talk could potentially restrict the amount of suitors looking at bringing him aboard for the 2016 campaign.
Neal, James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers will be suspended beginning Aug. 26 if they don't agree to be interviewed by the league about allegations linking the players to performance-enhancing drugs in the Al Jazeera America documentary The Dark Side, USA Today reports. The NFL Players Association has said the players submitted affidavits to the league about the allegations, but the league wants to interview the players in person. Neal is a free agent and the lingering issue of a possible suspension may limit his ability to sign with a team.
Packers linebacker Mike Neal has been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday and can begin practicing with the team, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Neal underwent hernia surgery during the offseason, which caused him to miss the beginning of training camp, but he said the injury has healed. "I wanted to practice the first day we had practice, but the timetable was set by Dr. and [general manager] Ted [Thompson]," he said. "It was just one of those things that they wanted to go through and watch me and see how it felt. We just made a decision in the morning we'd go with it. There was no need to hold out any longer. I'd been out for a while. So it was time to get back out there."
The Packers announced they have placed four players on their Physically Unable to Perform (PUP)/non-football injury list, including second-round pick Quinten Rollins, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Rollins, a cornerback taken with the 62nd pick, is on the non-football injury list, meaning his injury occurred outside of team activities. The other players on the PUP list are receiver Ricky Collins, running back John Crockett and linebacker Mike Neal.
Packers cornerback Davon House will miss Sunday's game against the Lions with a shoulder injury. It will be House's third straight game out because of the injury. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf), guards T.J. Lang (ankle) and Josh Sitton (toe) and linebackers Clay Matthews (biceps) and Mike Neal (abdomen) are all listed as probable. Lang, Sitton, Matthews and Neal were all listed as probable on the injury report for Week 16 as well. The Packers are currently 7 1/2-point favorites against Detroit Sunday.