During Tuesday night’s practice, defensive end and projected starter Mike Neal suffered a knee injury during a non-contact drill, NFL.com reported.
This should not be of immediate concern just yet. It is true that Neal has had his share of injury scares in the past. Last season a torn rotator cuff and a partially torn labrum put an end to a promising rookie campaign for Neal. There is no word on when he will take an MRI, but the player tweeted “I’m A-OK” shortly after suffering the injury. Were Neal to miss significant time this season, it would leave the Packers thin on the defensive line and may force Ryan Pickett to play more as defensive end.
Neal is anticipated to be the starter after the Packers parted ways with Cullen Jenkins. He was drafted in 2010 in the second round out of Purdue He has recorded only one sack in his short career which has spanned two regular season games.