Packers bring back Neal
The Green Bay Packers have activated defensive end Mike Neal, who was suspended for the first four weeks of the season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Neal was suspended March 13 after testing positive for the prescription drug Adderall. He’d been prescribed the drug, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, by a doctor and didn’t realize it was on the NFL’s banned substance list.
Neal was allowed to practice and play in the preseason. But he had to leave the team after the final exhibition game Aug. 30 and begin serving his four-game suspension.
To make room for Neal on the 53-man roster, the Packers waived end Phillip Merling.
Several Jets could sit out
Jets tight end Dustin Keller, wide receiver Stephen Hill, nose tackle Sione Po’uha and fullback John Conner are all doubtful for New York’s game Monday night against the Houston Texans.
None of the four practiced all week — Keller, Hill and Conner because of injured hamstrings, and Po’uha with a sore lower back. Keller hasn’t played since the season opener, and Hill missed last Sunday’s game against San Francisco. The receiving corps is already thin, especially after top receiver Santonio Holmes was lost for the season with a foot injury against the 49ers.
Linebacker Bryan Thomas didn’t practice Saturday because of a hamstring issue and is questionable, as are running back Joe McKnight (illness), safety Eric Smith (hip, knee), cornerback Aaron Berry (ribs) and linebacker Bart Scott (toe).
The New York Times and Associated Press contributed to this report.