Packers DT Pennel suspended for rest of season

  • Packers DT Pennel suspended for rest of season

Packers DT Pennel suspended for rest of season

The Green Bay Packers' defensive line is about to get a little thinner once again.

Pennel was also suspended for a substance abuse problem for the first four games of 2016.

Pennel was originally facing a year-long suspension, which would have kept him out for the rest of this season as well as the majority of the 2017 season.

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Pennel will end the season just as he started it - with a four-game suspension.

Pennel agreed on Tuesday to accept the second suspension, a source confirmed to ESPN, one day after the NFL Players Association said Pennel's appeal - scheduled for Tuesday - had been postponed. The 363-pound nose tackle was initially suspended for four games in February and served that ban in Weeks 1-5 (Green Bay's bye came during this stretch). The only remaining linemen on the roster are Mike Daniels, Letroy Guion, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, and Christian Ringo.

The third-year pro has played in the past eight games of the season as a backup. He recorded seven total tackles this season, including a big tackle for loss on Sunday against the Texans, and added a pass deflection.