Green Bay Packers outside linebackers Nick Perry and Mike Neal have opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, according to the league's transaction wire.
The wire does not specify the specific nature of each injury.
Perry—the team's first round draft choice in 2012—played through a broken bone in his heel last season but did not take part in any of the team's offseason practices.
It's unclear if what's ailing Perry is related to his foot.
Neal, on the other hand, did take part in the team's offseason program, so his injury is a mystery for the time being. He did sustain a knee injury in the team's final game last season, the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
In previous seasons, Neal missed time due to shoulder, knee and abdomen injuries. He began last season on the PUP list as well, but came off shortly thereafter.
Players on the PUP list are allowed to return to practice as soon as they pass a physical.
If both players remain on the PUP list until the start of the regular season, the team can replace them on the 53-man roster, but they would have to remain out for at least the first six weeks.
Meanwhile, both defensive lineman Letroy Guion and Jerel Worthy were placed on the Non-Football Injury List while wide receiver Jeff Janis was placed on the Non-Football Illness List.
All three players with non-football issues took part in the team's offseason program, so it would appear whatever happened to them occurred between the time they left minicamp in June and reported for training camp on Friday.
All five players with newly declared injuries count against the 90-man roster.
Last season, the Packers had eight players either declared non-football injury or on the PUP list at the opening of training camp.
Head coach Mike McCarthy's next press conference will take place after the team's first practice on Saturday, which will be the next opportunity for him to discuss the injuries.
Linebacker Clay Matthews, who missed most of the team's offseason program as he recovered from a broken thumb, did not appear on the transaction wire, presumably passing his physical. The same goes for tight end Andrew Quarless.
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor at Cheesehead TV and its "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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