Green Bay Packers Under Pressure, More NFC North Notes

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What’s the latest news for NFC North teams heading into Week 2 of the preseason? Is the NFL office bullying the Green Bay Packers?

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers looks on during the team's 16th annual Family Night practice at Lambeau Field.

Jul 31, 2016; Green Bay,WI, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers looks on during the team

Despite clearance for retired quarterback Peyton Manning on Al Jazeera’s PED allegations, the NFL would like to interview others players in the report. The league provided a deadline for Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews as well as their former teammate Mike Neal. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison also falls into this category.

Charlie Sly, who interned at an anti-aging clinic, engineered the accusations and since recanted his claims. However, the league wants to take the investigation deeper to confirm fallacies.

If the players fail to interview by August 25, the league will hand down suspensions on August 26; the length of said suspensions remain unspecified, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

About a month ago, Harrison posted a message on Instagram stating he’ll interview on his own terms:

@NFL I look forward to speaking with you. Goodnight

A photo posted by James Harrison (@jhharrison92) on Jun 26, 2016 at 8:24pm PDT

As for Matthews and Peppers, who play a huge role in the Packers’ pass rush, they should be swift with following demands. The NFL comes off like a schoolyard bully in this situation, but the Packers can’t afford to start the season without their top two pass-rushers.

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