Perry, Neal will start camp on PUP list
As Clay Matthews inches closer to a return, the Green Bay Packers will start training camp without two other members of their outside linebacker contingent.
Mike Neal and Nick Perry were placed on the physically unable to perform list Friday, meaning they failed their pre-camp physicals. They still can be activated any time before the end of training camp once they pass.
Defensive linemen Letroy Guion and Jerel Worthy were placed on the non-football injury list with rookie receiver Jeff Janis being declared non-football illness.
Perry finished the season on the active roster after missing five games with a broken foot, but missed the entire offseason program with an undisclosed injury.
Neal's inclusion was a bit more of a surprise. After re-signing in March, Neal was a full participant and took a majority of the snaps opposite veteran Julius Peppers with both Matthews and Perry sidelined.
It appears Matthews passed his physical after sitting out of the offseason program while recuperating from his second surgery for a broken right thumb in December.
Worthy missed the start of offseason practices because of the death of his grandmother and didn't practice when he returned to the team a little more than a week later. Guion and Janis were full participants in the offseason program.
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