DE Neal rejoins Packers after 4-game suspension

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


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.