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And Down Goes Mike Neal

Mike Neal

Injury prone?

Who saw this one coming?

Second-year player [intlink id=”1033″ type=”category”]Mike Neal[/intlink] went down during today’s practice with what is being called a sprained knee.

The Green Bay Packers were counting on Neal to replace the departed [intlink id=”163″ type=”category”]Cullen Jenkins[/intlink] and had essentially handed him the job.

The severity of the injury wasn’t immediately known, but Neal stayed down for several minutes after getting his feet tangled during a defensive line drill. He was in obvious pain, clutching the knee as he laid on the ground.

If there’s a good sign, it’s that Neal eventually walked off under his own power.

Neal spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. If this injury turns out to be serious, we’re going to start wondering if [intlink id=”20″ type=”category”]Ted Thompson[/intlink] drafted the new [intlink id=”100″ type=”category”]Justin Harrell[/intlink].

If Neal is lost for an extended period, [intlink id=”1042″ type=”category”]C.J. Wilson[/intlink] becomes the leading candidate to take over his starting duties. The Packers may also have to sign a veteran for depth.

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4 Comments

  1. iltarion August 16, 2011

    The news at 5:30 here in Green Bay is that Neal was quoted as saying: “It’s no big deal. There’s no tear or anything. It’s just sore. I am walking fine. I will be back to practice.”

  2. FrozenFanatic84 August 16, 2011

    Neal also just tweeted that he is, “A OK!!!”

  3. Greg August 16, 2011

    Great to hear Neal is looking OK. Letting Cullen Jenkins walk still leaves a vulnerability at this position. I would have liked to see him eased into a starting role than play & pray, hopefully CJ Wilson’s ability was a factor in letting Jenkins leave.