Tag:Mike Neal
Posted on: September 30, 2011 3:31 pm

Ryan Grant out for Packers Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

In theory, the Packers shouldn't have any real trouble dispatching the Broncos on Sunday -- if you ask our experts, the only real consideration is if they'll win by more than two touchdowns -- but there are at least a couple of warning flags for Green Bay.

For starters, Nick Collins is out for the rest of the season, meaning Charlie Peprah is manning one safety position. There's also the fact that Ryan Grant's out for the game against Denver with a bruised kidney.

The Packers listed Grant as one of five players (Bryan Bulaga, Collins, Frank Zombo, Mike Neal are the others) who are already ruled out for Sunday.

Grant's absence shouldn't be that much of a problem, considering the Packers have been their most effective this season when they let Aaron Rodgers sling the ball around. Plus, they did OK last year without the running back.

And James Starks is available, and if the Packers get up, could see a pretty substantial workload for Green Bay.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:00 am

Packers don't show much interest in Jenkins

C. Jenkins probably won't return to Green Bay next year (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Even though he was willing to give the Packers a hometown discount, it appears likely that Packer DL Cullen Jenkins’ career in Green Bay is over. Which is unfortunate for him, because he and his family enjoy living in Green Bay and really wanted to stay.

But a combination of injuries in two of the past three seasons and the fact he’s 30 years old and with Mike Neal (who also, ahem, had his rookie season ruined last year by a torn rotator cuff injury) ready to step into the starting role, there doesn’t seem to be much interest on the Packers side in bringing him back.

“Heading into last year, I’ve always been up there and always been a Packer, and I wanted to stay a Packer,” Jenkins told Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee. “So we approached the team and wanted to get some type of security, some type of longer-term deal before the season so I would know I would be there. It wasn’t about money, it was about security, about trying to see if we could work something out.”

Wilde asked Jenkins - who would have cost Green Bay about $12 million in 2011 if it had franchise-tagged him – if he would have taken less money from the Packers to stay with the organization he’s been with since 2003.

“Yeah. That was the thought then,” he said. “I knew in going to them, I know Green Bay, I know the market, I know how they handle business, and the thought was if we could get something reasonable worked out, I knew I would take less than what I could’ve gotten in free agency. But they never approached me with anything and never got any type of negotiations going. It’s just how the business is. They had a lot of younger guys and felt they could move forward in that direction.”

Jenkins had one of his more productive seasons last year, despite missing five games with calf problems, as he totaled seven sacks. But considering the depth for Green Bay’s ends isn’t great – especially if Johnny Jolly and all of his off-the-field problems don’t return to the team – the Packers are taking a little bit of a gamble if they don’t bring back Jenkins.

“Throughout my whole career, I’ve had a great time in Green Bay,” Jenkins said. “The things that I‘ve gotten to experience … heck, I was given my opportunity in Green Bay. And although this whole thing with them not approaching me about a contract and things like that, that may not be the way I would have liked things to happen, you can’t base your whole experience with Green Bay off of that.”

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 12:06 am
Edited on: February 25, 2011 12:55 am

Cullen Jenkins, Packers likely to split

C. Jenkins Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Looks like a Super Bowl ring isn’t enough to sway Packers DL Cullen Jenkins, one of the fiercest of Green Bay’s defenders, to stick around.

After today’s franchise tag deadline passed without the Packers making a move, Jenkins told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel there’s almost no chance he’ll return to Green Bay.

"I'm 99 percent sure something won't happen,"he told the paper. "Not at this point. You get to a point where you want to go where you feel you're wanted.

"The way everything came down, it's just time for a new start."

If the Packers had tagged him, Jenkins would have cost about $12 million for 2011. But they didn’t, and since Jenkins believes the Packers have no interest in a long-term deal, he’ll look elsewhere for a new team and a new contract.

"We've gone for so long," Jenkins said. "We approached them last off-season about doing an extension and we haven't heard anything. You would think you would have received an offer by now.”

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising. Jenkins is still a standout, but he’s 30 now and his role has become more limited. Besides, it sounds like the Packers want to see how second-year players Mike Neal and C.J. Wilson perform in Jenkins’ absence. Now, it looks like they’ll get their chance.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:32 pm

Johnny Jolly applies for reinstatement

Posted by Andy Benoit

Remember Johnny Jolly? The budding defensive end for the Packers who got suspended indefinitely for substance abuse infractions this past offseason? As expected, he wants back in.
J. Jolly (US Presswire)
Jolly’s agent, Brian Overstreet, told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that his client is in the process of filing reinstatement paperwork with the NFL. In handing out the suspension, Roger Goodell told Jolly that he could apply for reinstatement after the Super Bowl (little did Jolly know at the time that what Goodell could have said was, “You can apply for reinstatement after your team wins a Super Bowl without you.”)

Because he signed his one-year RFA offer last offseason, Jolly remains under contract with the Packers. Obviously, they don’t have a dire need for his services, but with Cullen Jenkins’ looming free agency, GM Ted Thompson could view Jolly as a more cost-effective end. (Then again, ’10 second-round pick Mike Neal is also waiting in the wings.)

Demovsky was told by a team source that the Packers would welcome Jolly back – as long as he’s clean. “They’ve been very supportive of him this whole ride,” Overstreet said. “So I’d be surprised if that didn’t happen. But you know, Johnny realizes that he has some responsibilities in this and to make sure that he does that. But they’ve been nothing but supportive of Johnny his entire career, even with this.”

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 2:27 pm

Packers place two more defenders on IR

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Packers have suffered two more season-ending injuries on defense. Naturally, one is on the defensive line and the other is at linebacker.

Second-round rookie defensive end Mike Neal will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. Outside linebacker Brady Poppinga will undergo surgery on the same knee he had repaired following his ’05 rookie season. Both guys are headed for Injured Reserve.

The Packers were without both Poppinga and Neal against the Vikings Sunday night. Their absence simply means less depth for a front seven that has lost Nick Barnett (wrist), Johnny Jolly (suspension), Justin Harrell (knee) and, for now, Cullen Jenkins (calf) and Ryan Pickett (ankle).

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 4:51 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 4:52 pm

What the Jolly loss means for Packers

First, in case you don’t know, let the AP tell you what happened:

The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly without pay for the upcoming season and perhaps beyond for violating the league's substance abuse policy.J. Jolly (US Presswire)

The league says Jolly's suspension begins immediately and will continue through at least the 2010 season. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement after the Super Bowl.

Jolly is facing drug charges in Houston after his July 2008 arrest outside a club allegedly for illegally possessing at least 200 grams of codeine. If convicted, Jolly faces up to 20 years in prison.

So what does this mean for the Packers? Not much, actually. Jolly would likely to have come off the bench behind Ryan Pickett and Cullen Jenkins. He was a vociferous run-stopper but only minor contributor against the pass. Green Bay’s 2007 first-round pick, Justin Harrell, appears healthy for seemingly the first time in his career and could be ready to compete.

Also, in April, Ted Thompson used a second-round selection on Purdue defensive lineman Mike Neal. This was a head-scratching move at the time. In hindsight, given this selection and given that the team told Jolly he could stay away and deal with his legal issues during offseason activities, it’s likely that Thompson and company had an inkling they’d be without Jolly in 2010.

--Andy Benoit

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