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Packers DT Mike Pennel Facing Another Suspension For Substance Abuse Violation

Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports that Packers DT Mike Pennel is also suing the NFL, NFLPA and NFLMC in federal court just like Eagles RT Lane Johnson is.

According to Breer, Pennel’s case stems from further discipline he’s facing under substance abuse policy. Pennel has an appeal date scheduled for December 6 but he’s asking the court to assign new arbitrator because he contends that there’s a conflict of interest involving arbitrator James Carter.

Pennel previously served a four-game suspension at the start of this season for a substance abuse violation.

Pennel, 25, is in the second year of his three-year, $1.53 million rookie contract that included a $3,500 signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $600,000 for the 2016 season before testing the market as a restricted free agent next year.

In 2016, Pennel has appeared in seven games and recorded six tackles and no sacks for the Packers. He also contributed one pass defense.