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McCarthy confirms Neal knee injury

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 16, 2011 – 1:50 pm

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed in his post-practice press conference that defensive end Mike Neal did, in fact, sustain a left knee injury in the early stages of Tuesday’s training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field. Neal’s feet tangled while working against a blocking bag in a defensive line drill, causing him to fall awkwardly. He immediately began clutching his left knee.

“Tomorrow will tell more of the story,” McCarthy said, referring to further medical evaluation¬†that will determine whether Neal undergoes an MRI scan.

Neal left the field under his own power but with limp. He did not return to the practice field.

“You worry any time any of your players go down and falls. It makes you nervous. As far as the defensive line, we have healthy competition. We were expecting big things from Mike as a contributor this year,” McCarthy said.


Posted in Vic Ketchman Blog | 52 Comments »

52 Responses to “McCarthy confirms Neal knee injury”

  1. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    They should have kept Jenkins! He was cheap to keep and now we are in trouble!

  2. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    While I am at it. I watched the game against the brown’s and thought we looked terrible! Then look at McCarthy’s comments and he is giving out praise?? He should be cracking heads! Again no running game and the defensive line and secondary could,nt stop the browns! We have a lot of work to do and Jenkins should have never been let go.

  3. By opie on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Eleven million is cheap?!?!? Trust in TT.. haven’t you guys learned that yet???

  4. By Red Clay Lee on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    We hear about individual player grades for practices & games. Do coaches reveal each guy’s grade to him privately? Or to all the players in their position group or to the whole team? Also, can u comment on how it affects interpersonal dynamics between players?

  5. By WYPackfan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Injuries happen on all teams, especially this year, compounded by less recovery time due to the shortened training camp period. We have a proven track record that someone steps up. I, for one am not panicking!!!

  6. By Dan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I would have been upset in the past about what seems to be an easy going coach. I also thought that Ted Thompson was crazy.. With the number of injuries and the success that the team had last year I have given up any criticiszm I would have. Just think about what they did with the team last year. I beleive they really do know what they are doing. It’s easy for us to look in and question their leadership. I agree that we looked terrible against the Browns. I believe Thompson and McCarthy were looking at something more important than winning the game.

  7. By Erik on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Have you guys not learned yet that preseason means nothing? Does it matter how our defense looks with 3rd / 4th string d-backs playing – and Capers running a vanilla defense…..please people – save the panic for the regular season. Am concerned about Neal though. We need him.

  8. By Jason on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    i cant believe im hearing someone complain about our d-backs and d-line being terrible, ITS PRESEASON! its not about winning the game its about individual players playing there role and showcasing themselves to there best abilities. Its a scrimmage to get a semi-feel of a real game time atomosphere. I dont wanna here people going “the end of the packers is at hand cuz we lost to the browns!” because DUDE its the first preseason game! give me a break.

  9. By Tanner on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    We need as many healthy defensive ends as we can get since we decided to let Jenkins go. However, we should be fine. My thoughts are to play Green, Raji and Pickett which will allow all the linebackers make the big plays. Whatever happens I have complete faith in our scheme, coaches and players. No need to worry yet fans! =)

  10. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I am tell ya they had Jenkins at a bargin price! Her does have a history of injury but when combined with our depth it would have been perfect!

  11. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    First of all! it is hear, not here! However it is not that they played so bad it’s the cookies and milk McCarthy gave them after such a bad performance!

  12. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Did anyone see the game??!! They couldn’t stop a run, also couldn’t run and they were beat bad in the secondary! I have been a loyal fan for 50 years and never have I seen a coach praise players after such a bad performance. If it was lombardi he would be crackin heads!

  13. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply


  14. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    thanksgiving day you will feel the pain!

  15. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    we are coming for you!

  16. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    be very afraid…..

  17. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    poor little cheeseheads. you know something about cheese? its SOFT!! ROOOAAAARRRRRR!!! GRRR!

  18. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply


  19. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    What ar eyou liodsfan 13??? Grow the hell up!

  20. By rtmus on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    thanks Jim – my thoughts exactly!

  21. By minocquabat on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    duh, the Lions will beat us twice? probably…

  22. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    Get this political crap off this fourm!

  23. By Vic Ketchman on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply


  24. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks VIC!

  25. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    minnow brain is lionsfan, duh. Real clever idiot. Get the hell out of here chump. This site is for Packer Nation, not racist morons.

  26. By #1 SF Cheese Fan on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    Has anybody else tried to use the Packers.com Podcast? They say they support it, but I don’t think it has really worked for a while. I’ve tried to contact them, but don’t have an email address for anyone. Any thoughts?

  27. By gordy49 on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t believe its a big deal about Neal, Yeah we had jenkins last year but we went all year without neal, ted will get the ends together and you’d better believe they will be ready to play!!!! As for the preseason game it was just that a preseason game, yeah lee looked terrible, but jus imagine if woodson and williams would have been in there? The PACK and the coaching staff and TT are all there, S,S

  28. By goldplater on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    There was clearly an attempt to keep Jenkins. But to late, he explained – he would have wished to get a new contract at the start of 2010.
    Often veterans in any sport drop theire payments not before but just after an release… it is human nature. And tehrefrom the earnings from Phillie are not for sure the same he would accepted here. Ruining the future Salary CAP for CJ, who got injured often, too???
    It is not nice but normal you can await more injuries from a veteran than from a younger player. Under the cap it is useful not to keep all, especially not the older core-players if you have to resign them expensivly.

    And to the guys, “so smart now”: What if CJ would get an injurie as he did often enough?
    I am hope for 2-3 DE/DT to come in for competing, off the waifers or some UFA now. Just to teach them DLine procedures until you maybe need them.

    CJ is gone – so afterthoughts do not safe any future.


  29. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    Ok! The last post was from a Packer Fan with his frontal lobe removed?? Who is this guy! Spell, think, or get sober! LOL

  30. By BIG CHEESE on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    I thought it was hysterical. As for the brain damage, I always say, I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Go Pack Go.

  31. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    suh and fairley have a new name……. the ghost and the darkness. we’re coming for you cheesy poofs! RRRROOOOOAAARRRR!!!!! mwahahaha! jim mcCarthy……. you will cry and will want to throw away your cheesy turkey! mark my words cheesy chump. lions rule punks!!!!! i have infiltrated your site and i will be here to stay punks! Lions rule this now! get off my site little cheesy girls! mwahahaha!

  32. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    go lions

  33. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    go suh

  34. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    bye bye cheesy chumps! the big cheese has just been curdled by us the lion nation!!!! mwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahah…………..ha!

  35. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    by the way i’m an excited 33 year old in your area with a blue and silver cheese grader. wanted: cheeseheads!

  36. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    i like seeing my name all over your site! do you love it? i do!!!!!! lions rule cheesy poofs!

  37. By gordy49 on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    OBVIOUSLY intelligent talk is not permitted on this blog VIC cause other wise or you would eliminate this kind of obstrosity !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Lions fan! You do spell check this time! LOL “pack in in your done!

  39. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 17, 2011 | Reply

    And to you Mr. Intelligent! This is a sports fourm! Puke your Political crap somewhere else ya loser!

  40. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 18, 2011 | Reply

    spell check? is that all you got to say? oooooooooooooh i’m scared! almost as scared as rodgers about thanksgiving day! can you spell c-o-n-c-u-s-s-i-o-n? mwahahaha!

  41. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 18, 2011 | Reply

    What are you 15? I will tell your Mommy! You have sucked eggs for many, many years. I am happy that the Loins are getting better but you don’t have to come on here talkin all your trash! Enjoy you team and go to your web site

  42. By minocquabat on Aug 19, 2011 | Reply

    looks like we are infor a long year! we need to improve at every aspect of the game.

  43. By minocquabat on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    “O’bummer” has really done it now… so, say I commit a crime, which I haven’t in my 35 years of my TAX paying life , I will get a pardon also?? such as the new and improved criminal illegal aliens?? This WILL open the gate for more free cheese to the life sucking, non-patriotic, rabbit-like spewing “humans” who will continue to wave the red, white, and green flag right in your face!!! LOL!! go libby’s… BTW we had a nice game tonight against a team from a great state that is trying to make things RIGHT with NO HELP FROM OBUMMER! At least they don’t want to end up like Mexifornia!

  44. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Vic dump the last posting. Again political crap!

  45. By minocquabat on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    libby’s just can’t handle the raw terrible truth…

  46. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    c’mon mccarthy! can’t you let a poor ol’ peasant shine for a lil bit and talk a lil trash? gosh! sorry to ruin your mood. it was fun to get on here and talk trash just to get a rise out of you. but here some nice words…… congrats superbowl champs! you guys shocked the world last year winning even with all your injuries. to tell you the truth, i can only hope lions will be half as good as you packers are. for real. good luck this year. i will leave you alone now. see you on thanksgiving

  47. By lionsfanpackerkiller on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply


  48. By Cali on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    First I wanna say what a cute little roar. I was almost scared. You know, I think I’m gonna have some lion meat intead of turkey this year. Ya, deep fried lion with some gravy sprinkled with some shredded Wisconsin cheese. MMMM MMMM MMMM!!! Pop the bubbly. CHEERS!!!

  49. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    Lionsfan is surely a bed wetter! Why don’t you go and enjoy your own site Mr Lion!

  50. By Robert on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    Who is this ‘Lionsfan’ ??? And can we get him out of here ??? The Lions haven’t done anything yet and haven’t done anything since Bobby Lane. The Lions should concentrate on trying to get by Chicago and Minnesota ! As far as the NFC NORTH in 2011 is concerned…. THAT’S OURS !!!! Like last year, we PACKERS simply concentrate on the game at hand, on preparation, on team chemistry and with our talent, should REPEAT !!!!

    Our ‘Cowardly Lion’ friend can only speak of Thanksgiving…. But, wait until the last game of the season at LAMBEAU – New Year’s Day, when we shall feast on the LIONS…. Breakfast…. Lunch…. Dinner…. and Post-Game Tailgate Celebration Meal !!!!

  51. By Jim McCarthy on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Good Posting Robert! Go Pack!

  52. By czech83 on Aug 27, 2011 | Reply

    Can someone please explain to me why we did not hang on to cullen jenkins. Everyone raves about all the great moves that the packers make in the draft. This is obviouslly true. That being said, I find myself asking what is going on in the front office of Green Bay very often. I know that TT knows what a free agent is. I really think that TT trys proving himself at that aspect too much. Once in a while a big name free agent can help. (Reggie White, Andre Rison, Charles Woodson…) One that we could have replaced jenkins with is Osi U. Anyway hope that Mike Neal will live up to all the hipe, and squash all doubts that anyone has.

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