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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Packers Injury Update: Nicky Perry, Mike Neal placed on PUP, Letroy Guion to NFI

By on 7/27/2014 08:30:00 AM

Announced Friday, DE-LB Mike Neal and OLB Nick Perry will be starting training camp on the active PUP list due to failed pre-camp physicals and although both injuries are undisclosed, we know that they are not serious injuries due to Neal and Perry’s “active” PUP designation. NT Letroy Guion was also put on the Packers’ non-football injury list.
According to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, “Linebacker/defensive lineman Mike Neal and linebacker Nick Perry were both placed on the PUP list, according to the NFL transaction wire distributed Friday… They are on the active PUP, which means as soon as they're able to pass their physicals they can practice. If they don't practice in camp, then they would be eligible to start the season on PUP, which would mean they would be out at least six weeks.”
This news comes months after Mike Neal signed a new contract with the Packers back in March.

Per ESPN reports, “The two-year contract that outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal signed with the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday could be worth up to $8 million” with a “$2.5 million signing bonus and a $1.3 million roster bonus due in 2015 on third day of the league year.”
In 2013, Neal showed Packers’ fans that his new contract was indeed warranted. With 49 tackles, five sacks and an interception, Neal was able to perform relatively well in his first full-time NFL season.

As for OLB Nick Perry, he is still currently under his rookie contract which, according to sportrac, is a 4 year, $7.50 million contract with the Packers, including a $3,894,000 signing bonus, $6,086,625 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $1,874,813.
Unfortunately for Perry, his NFL career thus far has been characterized by injuries. In his two years in the league, Perry has only played in 17 games and has just 46 tackles, six sacks and two passes defended.
For the Packers and their 25th-ranked defense, having Perry and Neal healthy is vital to their success. If neither Perry nor Neal pass their physicals before training camp ends, then the Packers will lose them both for the first six weeks of the season, something that Mike McCarthy nor the Packers would want.
For former Minnesota Viking NT Guion, the process is a little bit different.

According to the Sentinel, “the non-football designation indicates that it was not a result of anything they did during the off-season with the Packers…All three players are on the active list, which means they can be cleared to play once they pass their physicals. Specifics were not given about their ailments.”
For the time being, it seems as though OLB Andy Mulumba and NT B.J. Raji will be taking over the positions of Perry, Neal and Guion until they are medically cleared to return to the playing field.

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