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Neal, Harris, Sherrod among those on PUP

Jul 25, 2013 -- 9:37pm
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Mike Neal's long history of injury appeared to be behind him, but he's on the PUP list to start camp.

GREEN BAY -- It was hardly a surprise when offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, defensive end Jerel Worthy and even running back DuJuan Harris were placed on the training-camp physically unable to perform list Thursday. 

But defensive end Mike Neal?

As first reported by and Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson and confirmed by an NFL source, the Packers placed Sherrod (leg), Worthy (knee), Harris (presumably lung), safety Sean Richardson (neck), offensive lineman JC Tretter (ankle), Neal (unknown) and safety Chaz Powell (unknown) on the active/PUP list while also placing inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore on the non-football injury list.

Why Lattimore was placed on the NFI list is unclear, but past players put on the list suffered injuries while training on their own between the end of the offseason organized team activities and reporting to camp.

Sherrod, Worthy and Richardson did not participate in OTAs or the mandatory minicamp, so their inclusion was not a surprise. Sherrod hasn't practiced or played since breaking his leg in December 2011; Worthy tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the regular-season finale Dec. 30; and Richardson suffered a neck injury last season that the Packers have yet to clear him to return from.

Harris also missed all of the offseason, first for an undisclosed injury and then to have a fist-sized cyst removed from his lung. An NFL source said Harris is fine and should be cleared soon, but that the Packers are being cautious with him. Tretter, a rookie fourth-round pick, broke his ankle during a fumble recovery drill during the first OTA practice on May 20.

Neal's includsion was a surprise, since he (and Powell and Lattimore) all took part in the OTAs and minicamp. In fact, Neal was one of the major offseason storylines, working at outside linebacker in many practices.

The active/PUP list is not the same as the in-season PUP, which sidelines players for roughly the first half of the season before a window opens for them to start practicing and then be activated, released or put on season-ending injured reserve. As soon as a team clears a player on the active/PUP list, he is eligible to practice.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy did not divulge any information about who would be placed on the PUP list Thursday, even though physicals were conducted at 6 a.m. and McCarthy's press conference was at 10 a.m. The team also had its conditioning test Thursday.

The Packers' open training camp with practice at 8:20 a.m. Friday. McCarthy is slated to address reporters after practice.

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