Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/20/14
On the eve of their Week 5 game at Indianapolis, the Green Bay Packers on Saturday made a pair of personnel moves, activating defensive end Mike Neal andreleasing fellow defensive lineman Phillip Merling. Neal was activated from exempt status following a four-game suspension for violatingthe NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.The 6-foot-3, 294-pounder, who was a second-round draft pick out of Purdue in 2010, insisted he did nothing to warrant his recent suspension, claiming on multiple occasionsthat he had simply taken physician-prescribed Adderall for attention-deficit disorder. However, the NFL said it had not been made aware of Neal's condition when he first began taking his medication, prompting the league-imposed suspension. Neal appealed the suspension to no avail. Neal, who has been limited tonine games by injuries since he was drafted, said earlier this week that returning to NFL action is akin to "being freed from jail."It's like, 'OK, now it's time for me...
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