|No. 64 – Chicago Bears|
|Born:||May 9, 1991|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||332 lb (151 kg)|
|High school:||Grandview (Aurora, Colorado)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Michael Maurice Pennel Jr. (born May 9, 1991) is an American football nose tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Colorado State University Pueblo and was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2014.
Pennel played college football at Scottsdale Community College, Arizona State University and Colorado State University Pueblo. He was suspended indefinitely by Arizona State in 2012 for comments he made over Twitter and transferred to Colorado State University Pueblo.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 4+1⁄4 in
|5.23 s||1.82 s||3.03 s||4.84 s||7.94 s||28.5 in
|8 ft 6 in
|All values are from NFL Combine|
After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Pennel signed with the Green Bay Packers on May 12, 2014. Pennel joined Jayrone Elliott as undrafted players to make the Packers roster. During his rookie season in 2014, Pennel made 13 game appearances with 8 tackles. In 2015, Pennel appeared in all 16 games, starting 5 of them with 24 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.
On February 19, 2016, Pennel was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy. Pennel was then suspended for the final four games of the 2016 season for again violating the league's substance abuse policy. In eight games of 2016, Pennel finished with seven tackles and a pass defended.
On January 9, 2017, Pennel was released by the Packers.
On February 6, 2017, Pennel was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets. He re-signed with the Jets on March 16, 2017. He played in all 16 games in 2017, recording a career-high 35 tackles.
On March 16, 2018, Pennel signed a three-year contract with the Jets.
On February 19, 2019, the Jets declined the option on Pennel's contract, making him a free agent at the start of the new league year.
On March 14, 2019, Pennel signed a two-year contract with the New England Patriots. On August 26, 2019, Pennel was released by the Patriots.
On October 19, 2019, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Pennel.
On January 19, 2020, Pennel helped the Chiefs reach the Super Bowl after helping defeat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game. In Super Bowl LIV, Pennel recorded one tackle in the Chiefs 31–20 victory against the San Francisco 49ers.
On April 6, 2020, Pennel was re-signed to a one-year contract. He was suspended for the first two games of the 2020 season on August 25, 2020. He was reinstated from suspension and activated to the roster on September 23, 2020.
On June 18, 2021, Pennel signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. He was placed on injured reserve on August 24, 2021. He was released on August 31.
On September 15, 2021, Pennel was signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad. On October 5, 2021, Pennel was promoted to the Falcons active roster.
Pennel signed with the Chicago Bears on June 13, 2022.