From Howard Balzer:
Amidst the madness, according to league source, Packers DE Mike Neal suspended for for first four games of 2012 season
An NFL spokesman confirmed that Neal is suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He is eligible to participate in all offseason workouts and training camp.
As Packers fans know, Neal was coming back from a knee injury he suffered last summer in training camp. When he finally did hit the field during the last part of the season, he looked nothing like the player who showed such promise during training camp in 2010 or in two games against the Lions and Redskins before being placed on injured reserve.
The first thought here is that Neal was trying too hard to come back from his various injuries and took something to try and speed up the process. The unfortunate part is how little difference he made on the field in 2011.
The Packers were already in need of help at defensive end on their defensive line – they are now in desperate need of said help.