Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notebook

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Packers activate DE Neal as his suspension ends

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 list.

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.

Browns - Wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin will miss Cleveland's game Sunday against the Giants because of hamstring injuries.

Both players sat out practice all week and the Browns downgraded them on their final injury report Saturday before facing the defending Super Bowl champions.

Greg Little and rookie Josh Gordon will probably start Sunday, with Jordan Norwood working as the slot receiver.

It will be the first career start for Gordon, who has seven catches for 93 yards in four games. Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress said Gordon, who was taken in the second round of the NFL supplemental draft, had a strong week of practice.

Also, rookie running back Trent Richardson traveled with the team to New York after missing practice Friday to be with his girlfriend while she was in labor.

Jets - Tight end Dustin Keller, wide receiver Stephen Hill, nose tackle Sione Po'uha and fullback John Conner are all doubtful for New York's game Monday night against the Houston Texans.

None of the four practiced all week - Keller, Hill and Conner because of injured hamstrings, and Po'uha with a sore lower back. Keller hasn't played since the season opener, and Hill missed last Sunday's game against San Francisco. The receiving corps is already thin, especially after top receiver Santonio Holmes was lost for the season with a foot injury. …

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