Neal has been out since injuring his knee in practice Aug. 16. “I’m on good time right now to be ready for the first game,” Neal said, “and that’s probably where we’re going to lay our money right now, to be ready for the first game. I feel good.”
The Packers are looking to him to play a key role in their defense as an inside rusher after they lost Cullen Jenkins from that role in free agency.
“I should be able to practice next week,” Neal said. “I’m not saying that 100 percent sure, but as far as I’m concerned I’m on good pace to be able to do some things next week and take it from there.”