Here are six sports nuggets you won't get while channel surfing and yawning through the 10 p.m. news:
CHICAGO | If Mike Neal were in his 10th NFL season with all the nagging injuries he's had, you'd agree it was the price athletes pay in this punishing sport.
GREEN BAY, Wis. | Mike Neal is hoping his Indiana homecoming counts for something.
MERRILLVILLE | Kawann Short has grown up.
SCHERERVILLE | Fred Blue may be one of pro football's best kept secrets, through no fault of his own.
GREEN BAY, Wis. | The NFL suspended Green Bay Packers defensive end and Merrillville product Mike Neal without pay Tuesday for the team's first four games of the 2012 regular season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Mike Neal, Merrillville grad, Green Bay Packers, defensive end, 2011
Defensive tackle Mike Neal was a "freak" in the Purdue weight room, where jaws dropped as he bench-pressed 510 pounds and squated 615.
GREEN BAY, Wis. | The Green Bay Packers may get injured defensive end and Merrillville graduation Mike Neal back on the practice field next week, but Mike McCarthy says veteran left tackle Chad Clifton remains "multiple" weeks away from a potential return.
GREEN BAY, Wis. | Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says defensive end and Merrillville High School graduate Mike Neal will miss a "significant" amount of time after having surgery this week.
As NFL owners and players slugged it out during the four-month lockout, veteran New York Jets' guard Brandon Moore didn't expect fans to be charting blows and keeping score.
Mike Neal and Brandon Moore are not lawyers. They beat people up on the football field, not in the courts.
Merrillville grad and former Purdue standout Mike Neal, a rookie with the Super Bowl Green Bay Packers, is among 16 players placed on the inactive list this season.
Mike Neal laughed. He couldn't help himself. "It's crazy. I've always told my mom we'd be having a Super Bowl party on Sunday as usual -- but this time I'm there," the Green Bay Packers' rookie defensive end said.
Mike Neal will watch today's Bears-Packers game in the comfort of a warm press box at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal, a Merrillville grad, offers encouragement to teammate Ryan Pickett during a Sept. 27, 2010 game at Soldier Field. Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Neal will miss a "significant" amount of time after having surgery this week.
Around 5 o'clock region time this morning, Mike Neal was wheeled into surgery, still angry, but resigned to his fate.
Packers rookie Mike Neal didn't expect this at all. He's a football player. He's supposed to be terrorizing opposing quarterbacks, not watching them from the sideline. A two-year starter at Purdue University, he rarely left the field. Now the Merrillville High School graduate can't get on it.
Merrillville, IN, native and Green Bay Packer defensive end Mike Neal enjoys the game from the sidelines during Green Bay's game against the Chicago Bears Monday, September 27, 2010 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. Neal was inactive for the game.
Merrillville, IN, native and Green Bay Packer defensive end Mike Neal, left, listens to a play during Green Bay's game against the Chicago Bears Monday, September 27, 2010 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.
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