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Neal injured early in practice

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 16, 2011 – 12:13 pm

Defensive end Mike Neal sustained a left leg injury early in Tuesday’s practice at Ray Nitschke Field. Neal was participating in a defensive line drill involving a blocking bag when he fell to the ground clutching his left knee. He remained on the ground for a few minutes, before returning to his feet. He left the field without assistance, though with a limp.

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers came to Neal to observe the medical team’s examination of him. The specifics of Neal’s injury won’t likely be known until McCarthy offers details in his post-practice press conference.

Neal is a 2010 second-round draft pick who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. He is considered to be an important player in Capers’ defensive plans and is thought to be the logical replacement for Cullen Jenkins, who left the Packers in free agency.

Packers.com will update this story following McCarthy’s press conference, or when more information is available.


Posted in Vic Ketchman Blog | 20 Comments »


20 Responses to “Neal injured early in practice”

  1. By Glen Gorman on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s hope this is the second coming of Justin Harrell……

  2. By Tlvince on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    If he has a torn knee they should just move on, how do you get hurt in a non contact individual drill??? Seriously, dude do some yoga or something and get out of the weight room.

  3. By KeAndre on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I was really looking forward to seeing what Mike Neal could do in 16 games. I predicted this was the year he’d breakout. Looks like he can’t even stay healthy enough to even suit up. Good thing he was able to walk around without assistance so HOPEFULLY it’s nothing that can be healed up by WK1

  4. By marky on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I like to think that the coaches and medical staff are being extra cautious, treating minor injuries like more serious ones in order to save the health for the real season. I see no sense at all in practicing on a possible injury.

  5. By Dick Weiss on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s hope that this is not serious. I have a sinking feeling.

  6. By LJ on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Gonna be alot of second guessing about re-signing Jenkins if Neal’s out for any period of time.

  7. By cockupthebutt on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    c’mon man he was hurt last year we need him now that cullens gone.

  8. By Tony G. on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Neal seems to have Injury issues, It may be time to just admit it was a wasted draft pick, and let C.J Wilson. show us what hes got.

  9. By Shel on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Neal injured again! Jenkins gone without any attempt to resign him! Really, really stupid….but TT never admits to a mistake!

  10. By Joel on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    People said Rodgers was an injury risk too early in his career. Lets see what it is, although I’m concerned. When you tear a ligament, you often feel pain instantly, then it dulls, and you can walk on it, although your knee feels wobbly.

  11. By JayneB on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    I think it’s way to early to say Neal has “injiry issues” — some people said that about Rodgers early on — let’s just hope not serious

  12. By Tou Vang on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    C’mon now Mike!! Push it!! We need you!!

  13. By Brian Pace on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    “Let’s hope this is the second coming of Justin Harrell” LOL. Too bad for this comment that Justin Harrell was cut.

  14. By batouttahell on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Why why why did they let Jenkins go? Why? That’s going to haunt them all season long.

  15. By Ryan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    We’ll be fineeeee. We played without Cullen last season if you all forgot about that. Neal walked off…he wasn’t carted…

  16. By Michael Fermanich on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Vic; What is the scoop around the league with injuries this preseason! Are some teams having more or less via the lockout? Also do you think people can over-train in weight rooms? I always wondered about this as a conditoning focus. I mean we stress and pull and than rest and go to practice and pull and stretch and than have injuries. What is your thought or anybody else?

  17. By mike h on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    he sound like another jamal reynolds, or justin harrel, earl draft picks that have great potential but never get off IR. O well TT will find somone like he always has

  18. By Vern on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Really, this really angers me. This guy just wants to be on a winning team and not put in the work of a championship caliber team. Let his a$$ go and put someone in who appreciates what it takes to be a Packer. I hate to say it but when we had Brett he played thru injuries as well as several other playes. Grow a pair and get back on the field or let someone else in who’s trying to make the team and not a CHECK!!!!!!!

  19. By Vern on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Good thing they have caps on how much they can pay rookies, cause we could have saved a ton of money by switching to Geico reather than paying this guy last year. It must be nice to get paid for doing absoluty NOTHING. Get out there and prove your worth or release this BUM!!!!!!!

  20. By Ryan on Aug 16, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Neal tweeted “I am OK” They were able to extend his leg and manipulate it after he dropped out of practice. He is walking around just fine. Just a scare. Stay classy all you folks dissing TT!!!! You’re jokes!!!

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