The chances that a pair of defensive linemen will play for the Packers in their Christmas Day game against the Bears took a hit when Ryan Pickett was ruled out of Sunday’s game and Mike Neal was listed as questionable, giving him a 50/50 shot of playing.
For Pickett, it will be the second game in a row he’ll miss after having to miss the Week 14 game against the Raiders with a concussion. He did not play last week against the Chiefs and has not practiced at all in the past two weeks, though he has attended meetings.
Pickett’s concussion appears to be more serious than initially thought. The day after sustaining his blow to the head, head coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism that he would be able play in the Chiefs game. He hasn’t practiced since, but the recent news about attending meeting can be viewed as a positive step in the right direction.
Neal suffered an injury to his shoulder in the loss to Kansas City and has been limited in practice this week. Whether he’ll be able to play against the Bears remains to be seen, but McCarthy said he’s hopeful that Neal will be ready.
Howard Green is on the injury report as well with a foot issue but is listed as probable.
The Packers have only three truly healthy linemen heading into the game against Chicago: B.J. Raji, Jarius Wynn and C.J. Wilson.