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Packers release DT Pennel after second suspension

1/10/2017 8:28:21 AM
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After two suspensions in one year, the Green Bay Packers have moved on from defensive lineman Mike Pennel. The Packers released him Monday afternoon, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Pennel, 25, missed the first four games of the regular season after violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy during the offseason. He returned to the active roster in Week 6 and made his debut against the Dallas Cowboys. Pennel played in each of the next eight games before his problems resurfaced.

On Dec. 6, the league announced Pennel would be suspended for another violation of the substance-abuse policy. The suspension cost him the final four games of the regular season and expired last week, at which point the Packers received a one-week roster exemption.

"I mean anytime you spend time away from your dream is going to obviously be a difficult time," Pennel said last week during his first interview since the suspension began. "Working through it, it was nothing that the front office or the team could do. It was something that I had to work through internally and hopefully I put that all behind me.

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