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Packers Activate DE Mike Neal, Cut Philip Merling

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Packers Activate DE Mike Neal, Cut Philip Merling

In a somewhat expected move, the Green Bay Packers activated defensive end Mike Neal from reserved/suspended status Saturday and released defensive end Phillip Merling.

Neal served a four-game suspension to start the 2012 season after violating the league's policy for performance-enhancing substances. The substance was Adderall, and Neal had a legal prescription for the drug, but he didn't formally apply for an exemption from the league.

The Packers staff, who had until Monday to make a decision on Neal's roster status, likely want Neal as part of the active 46-man roster Sunday in Indianapolis.

GM Ted Thompson had the option of waiting until Monday before making a roster move, as the NFL granted the Packers a one-week roster exemption to make a decision. Thompson made the move now.

Neal practiced without limitation all week. He is from Indiana and went to school at nearby Purdue University.

Merling, signed as a free agent in August, was active for three games and recorded two tackles.


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Mike's picture

He's healthy! He's fit! He's upset (@ his suspension)! Mike Neal is back & will make a difference! We WILL see the dude that was tossin o-linemen around back in his rookie season! Welcome back Big Mike!

Go Pack Go!

Point Packer's picture

Don't got your panties in a bundle.

Mike's picture

LOL! All things considered - we just need to be 3-2 by the end of tomorrow!

Nerd's Laptop's picture

Merling should stay in shape in case Neal goes down again.

That said, I'll take Neal over Merling any day.

BeddarCheddar's picture

Good luck, Mike, and welcome back!

Chip Soup's picture

Missed time due to suspension + come back and try too hard to make up for lost time = a trip to the training room. Easy does it and stay healthy, Mr. Neal.

marcopo's picture

Hell with all of them, Neal. Let'r rip!

PadLevel's picture

I suspect this is due to injury concerns with Pickett and to reduce number of snaps for Raji potentially. Neal is a huge liability in coverage and not that effective as a pass rusher either. Perhaps the coaches want to give him one last chance before they close the books on him?

Jamie's picture

Some people think they know the reason behind everything. Most of the time these people should just keep those thoughts to themselves.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

You're such a blowhard. ^^^^

Franklin Hillside's picture

Your pad level is terrible.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

When exactly will Neal be asked to drop into coverage? Please name me one 300 lb D lineman who looks, or would look good dropping into coverage... Raji aside of course.

packsmack25's picture

I'm assuming this is satire, what with the "liability in coverage" blast.

Ct Sharpe Cheddar's picture

A guess padlevel rather have Merlin than Neal.A team usually puts the best players on the roster

Ruppert's picture

This is what you get when your pad level is high.

Tommyboy's picture

To be fair, Neal really would be a huge liability in coverage. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Lou's picture

This has to be Neal's LAST CHANCE to prove everyone wrong. Either he is a stud or a combination of Donnell Thompson (Sherman's 2004 pick) who looked like Tarzan and played like Jane (never played a snap in regular season in 2 years) and Justin Harrell (who had a Red Cross under his number. Time to SHOW or GO.

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