We knew Green Bay Packers’ defensive lineman Mike Pennel was going to be suspended. Apparently, suing the NFL and player’s association allowed him to get that suspension reduced to four games.
Packers DL Mike Pennel settled his appeal/lawsuit over a violation of the substance-abuse policy, sources say. Will serve 4-game suspension.
Pennel was suspended the first four games of this season for a violation of the substance abuse policy. Another violation, which Pennel now obviously committed, would have resulted in a suspension of at least 10 games. The league reportedly wanted to go beyond that and hit Pennel with a year-long suspension.
Pennel filed a lawsuit against the NFL and NFLPA in Ohio last week ahead of his appeal hearing. That appeal was originally supposed to be heard this week, but was postponed after Pennel filed suit.
Now, the legal maneuvering appears to be a brilliant move. Pennel will go on suspension immediately, but if the Packers make the playoffs, he’ll be able to return for their first game.
That’s certainly much more palatable than a year-long ban.
The real question is why the league chose to reduce the suspension by so many weeks? If we get an answer to that question, we’ll surely let you know.