Packers’ Mike Neal still aiming for Saints : Packers Insider

Packers’ Mike Neal still aiming for Saints

August 29, 2011 by  
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By Pete Dougherty, Press-Gazette

~Defensive end Mike Neal says he has an excellent chance of returning to practice next week and playing in the Packers’ regular-season opener against New Orleans.

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.”

Neal knows that he is being counted on to fill most of the shoes of Cullen Jenkins, but he doesn't know when he'll ever be healthy enough to get and stay on the field.

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.”

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