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Packers Injury Updates: Neal, Perry, Worthy Inactive to Start Training Camp

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A handful of key Packers defenders will not be suiting up for the team's first practices this weekend.


As is typical of the day when players are to report to training camp, each member of the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster (which currently sits at 89 players, but who's counting) was subject to a physical examination today as part of his check-in.

As a result, several players have been placed on various injury lists as a result of failing their physical exams. Here is the list of players and the appropriate designations, as noted on today's NFL Transaction Report:

Physically Unable to Perform/Active List:
DE/OLB Mike Neal
OLB Nick Perry

Non-Football Injury List:
DE Letroy Guion
DE Jerel Worthy

Non-Football Illness List:
WR Jeff Janis

While this list is notable for the players who are named, it's also notable for those who are not - namely outside linebacker Clay Matthews and tight end Andrew Quarless. Both of those players missed the Packers' entire OTA and minicamp portion of the offseason program, but by not naming either of them today it appears that both of them have passed their physical exams and should be in uniform Saturday morning for practice.

Neal and Perry's presence on the PUP list is concerning, however, especially considering the team's struggles with injuries at the linebacker position over the past few years. The coaching staff has made comments this year about Perry being behind in his preparations, and this surely cannot help. Note that these two players will be the only ones eligible for the PUP/reserve list to start the regular season, and if either one participates in practice before then, they will lose that eligibility.

Worthy did not practice at all in the spring partially due to his grandmother's death, but also due to an unspecified injury. Guion did practice, however, so his absence will be investigated further.

Janis on the other hand, is on an "illness" list, which suggests a minor health issue rather than a legitimate football injury. It would be a surprise if he is not back to full strength soon.

Thus, the Packers will be practicing on Saturday morning with a maximum of 84 players until one of these five is added back from their respective lists onto the active roster. Keep in mind, however, that they remain part of the 90-man roster, so the team is not allowed to sign additional players to replace them while they remain out.