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Packers Daily Links: Neal Reacts to Seattle's Sherman Winning Appeal on PEDs

Please pardon an abbreviated version of the Daily Links this morning...

News circulated on Thursday that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of a suspension of violating the NFL's policy on using performance-enhancing substances. Both Sherman and Packers defensive lineman Mike Neal reportedly tested positive for using Adderall, but Neal did not win his appeal. Based upon his words, Neal isn't holding a grudge, however. "I don't know how (Sherman) got away with his or what his situation was but I wouldn't change mine for the world," Neal is quoted as saying by Tyler Dunne of JSOnline. "I would send the guy who suspended me a Christmas card and tell him 'Thank You.' He took the shadows off of a beast, he (ticked) me off and that was the right thing to do." Neal certainly has been playing better than at any point previously during his career. His 10 games played and 4.5 sacks are career highs. If he's using his suspension as motivation, it's working.

More on Mike Neal comes from and Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Wide receiver Randall Cobb shared a funny story on Thursday, saying he only jogged off the field on Sunday after being injured because his mother was in attendance at the game. “I was worried the whole time,” Cobb is quoted as saying by Bill Huber of Packer Report. “I jogged off the field because my mom was there. I know she was crazy in the stands so that’s the only reason I jogged off the field. Sunday, it was hurting pretty bad. When I woke up Monday, I felt a lot better. Just trying to get better each day.” Cobb said it's possible that he plays on Sunday against the Vikings, but I think it's doubtful. The Packers will likely err on the side of caution and make sure he's healthy for the playoffs.

More on Randall Cobb comes from, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, JSOnline and

After all the controversy about the Pro Bowl selections earlier this week, defensive lineman B.J. Raji suggested having NFL scouts determining the makeup of the Pro Bowl team. “There won’t be any bias there,” Raji is quoted as saying by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. “The pro scouting department, they look at so much (video) tape, they know what they see, their eyes don’t lie type of thing. Like, you played against a guy, he cheap shot you, so you don’t like him, so you’re not going to vote him type thing. There’s no hard feelings (with the scouts)." Raji is absolutely right. Having scouts vote on the Pro Bowl would give the most-worthy players the nod instead of the most-popular players.

More on B.J. Raji and the Pro Bowl comes from JSOnline.

Defensive back Charles Woodson remains out upon recommendation from the team doctors, writes and

The running back rotation remains a hot topic in Green Bay with articles at the Journal Sentinel and, and a feature on Ryan Grant in specific at

Fox Sports Wisconsin has features on Aaron Rodgers patterning his game after Steve Young and Jeff Saturday making the Pro Bowl.

Video: takes a look at the possibility of the Packers making it to the Super Bowl...

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Evan's picture

I feel like Aaron's RT needs more attention, especially for those who can't wait to kick Neal to the curb: "Per @PFF, Mike Neal is averaging a pressure every 8.3 pass-rush attempts, eighth in the NFL among all 3-4 DEs."

cow42's picture

Neal stat I love...
Incredible that 10 games played = career high.
Must be tough to get 2nd rd $ and not have to do anything.
Real bodies don't get injured this often.

Bugeater's picture

Obvious dope.

thedon5's picture

Who isn't doped in the NFL? You think AP came back at over 110% cause he's just that gifted? Do you think Clay Matthews naturally put on all that weight as a freshmen? Do you think it's really just Peyton Manning's hard work ethic that allowed him to come back from his neck injuries?

packeraaron's picture

<em>Must be tough to get 2nd rd $ and not have to do anything.</em>

This may be the most ignorant thing you've ever typed here cow - and that is truly saying something.

FITZCORE 1252&#039;S EVO's picture

Whoa-whoa-whoa, let's not get carried away here!

cow42's picture

So far he's made...



12 tackles
5.5 sacks
1 forced fumble


.631 tackles per GAMES ACTUALLY PLAYED
(.255 tackles per PACKER GAMES)

(.117 sacks per PACKER GAMES)

.083 forced fumbles per GAMES ACTUALLY PLAYED
(.021 forced fumbles per PACKER GAMES)

$212,354.17 PER TACKLE
$463,372.72 PER SACK
$2,548,550.00 PER FORCED FUMBLE


FITZCORE 1252&#039;S EVO's picture

Kid's a steal.

cow42's picture

how do you figure?

just because he wears a Packer jersey?

Denver's picture

I like Raji's idea re: the Pro Bowl, but I think I still like just canning the whole thing better. I tried to watch the game last year, but after seeing #90 play patty cake with a O-lineman early on that was that.

And, cow, man you are insufferable.

redlights's picture

Since the fans are who pays for tickets, merchandise, etc; I think that they should continue to have a say in the matter. Since they're only 1/3 of the vote, why aren't we asking why the players and coaches aren't putting the proper players in the game.

I've resigned myself to the fact that the ProBowl will become a PPK competition with maybe karaoke or something thrown in. Not that this will be all bad since we really can't expect these players to risk career-altering injuries by playing.

Evan's picture

I still remember when Robert Edwards destroyed his knee in a rookie beach flag football game at the 1998 Pro Bowl.

Fish/Crane's picture

rob edwards....from NPR??

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