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Mike Neal Suspended

Mike Neal

To say defensive end Mike Neal has been an utter failure since the Green Bay Packers drafted him in the second round in 2010 would be an understatement. He’s been plagued by injuries, ineffective when healthy and now he’s been suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season.

Way to go, dick.

The league released the following statement.

Mike Neal of the Green Bay Packers has been suspended without pay for the team’s first four games of the 2012 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Neal will be eligible to return to the Packers’ active roster on the day after the team’s fourth regular-season game of the 2012 season.

Neal is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Neal missed 14 games his rookie season and nine in 2011 because of injury after being handed a starting job in training camp. He hasn’t started a single game with the Packers. Career stats: six tackles, no sacks.

Now, Neal will miss at least four games in 2012. Is it too early to call this guy a monumental bust along the lines of Justin Harrell? Probably, but that time is rapidly approaching.

Look for the Packers to go fishing for a defensive end high in this year’s draft. Obviously Neal can’t be counted on.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Walter March 13, 2012

    No big deal. When he gets injured again he would of missed those games anyway.

  2. nurseratchett March 13, 2012

    Well, at least it was PED and not purple drank….

  3. iltarion March 13, 2012

    Can 2nd rounders be “busts”?

    Brian Brohm never started a game for the Packers. I guess he would be a “bust” too.

    Considering his injury history, only playing 12 games might be boon for Neal.

    He needs to stop partying with Braun.

    1. Monty March 14, 2012

      Yes, Brohm was a bust and more importantly, disparaging remarks about The Hebrew Hammer will not be tolerated in this space. Please make a note.

      1. GreenAndYellow March 14, 2012

        thanks monty, im glad i wasn’t the first to have a problem with the braun comment….there is very clearly no knowledge of what actually happened involved in this previous statement – his urine sample was mishandled and the testing agency couldn’t even say they were sure it was his, so braun offered a DNA test to prove if the urine sample was actually his or not which the league refused to allow; he also repeated the same test the day after he was told he tested positive and the second one was negative, etc…there were so many holes and unknowns in his case and fuck ESPN for leakin that shit which has permanently stained his reputation and anyone else who doesn’t actually take the time to get the facts

  4. jeremy March 13, 2012

    I knew this would drive Monty nuts.

    Here’s the way I see it. Mike Neal on IR = Mike Neal on PEDs > Mike Neal on the field < Mike Neal on the street.

    I just Pray TT has learned his lesson and if this guy doesn't show something this year he gets shown the door to Lombardi Avenue.

  5. PackerBob March 13, 2012

    What defines a bust? Is a seventh round pick who gets released before the start of the season a bust? How many season does a player have to have under his belt? Two, three? What about injuries. Brian Bulaga in his second season missed time because of some injuries. Is he a bust?

    It’s funny how quickly the tides turn. A perennial playoff team, a championship, and some of the best players in he game. Such hard times we’ve fallen under.

    1. Savage57 March 14, 2012

      I think any deuce that contributes virtually nothing in his first 2 years might not yet fully qualify as a bust, but add the PED thing and the name “Neal” on his jersey might be replaced with “Humpty-Dumpty”.

      The fact that he’s a head case doesn’t help either. Anyone who gets a hyperbaric chamber for his personal use and doesn’t sleep so he can work out has bigger problems.

      Add the fact that FOR WHATEVER REASON he was part of the reason behind letting CJ walk, it’s been kind of a clusterfuck with this guy since day 1.

      Scariest part is, is that TT has to draft another DL this year and as good as he is at his job, that position for some reason has been his achilles heel.

  6. peter March 13, 2012

    even on roids he sucked

  7. Richard March 13, 2012

    They should replace this roid-raging cripple with Dontari Poe from Memphis. Bigger, stronger, and hopefully he took enough steroid cycles in college that his joints will be able to handle the workload in the pros, unlike Mike “where’s the IR” Neal. Maybe Clay Matthews should get in on the college recruiting process so GB goes after guys who already know what they’re doing.

  8. TyKoSteamboat March 13, 2012

    Mike Neal set many weight-lifting records at Purdue…and….please, please, please trade-up to get Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB from South Carolina!!!!
    This is the draft to make a move…so many teams will be looking to trade-down! We traded-up to get Clay Matthews!
    Let’s try for Ingram!

  9. Phillthy Phill March 13, 2012

    Fuck this kid! Sonofabitch I’d rather he just not be as good as touted then try and fucking cheat his way back on the field, that sort of shit will cut his career short and make him more susceptible later. This fuck has no brains.

  10. Vijay March 14, 2012

    D Line drafted round 1 book it.
    Clemson’s Brandon Thompson.

  11. Ivomitonvikingfans March 14, 2012

    Great. This years def. was going to be shitty enough. No worries i am sure they will find fill ins in the 6th rd, 7th rd, and UFA’s. Then we will be told by TT and the coaches that they are completely happy with their roster. I trust TT for the most part, and like that he doesn’t overreact, but his complete lack of any urgency bugs me. Oh well, fingers crossed for the draft. Fuck.

  12. MC March 14, 2012

    The Packers should cut Neal now.

    This adds more pressure on GB to get at least one FA be it an OLB or DL. No doubt it will be a heavy defensive draft come April.