The Packers were back at practice today and they seem to be getting healthier at just the right time.
From Tom Silverstein:
Finley, Neal, Cobb and James Jones back at #Packers practice today. No pads. Still out: Zombo, House. R Taylor appeared limited
While Jarius Wynn has been named the starter for Thursday night, it would obviously be a big boost for the Packers defense if they could get Neal on the field for passing downs. The best way to disrupt Saints quarterback Drew Brees, as with most quarterbacks, will be with pressure up the middle. Neal, alongside B.J. Raji, could help provide just that from the 2-4-5 nickel that Capers likes to use on passing downs.
As for Cobb, it remains to be seen how effective he'll be coming off the two knee bruises that kept him out of the past two preseason games. With the return of Jones as well, its hard to see the rookie making much of a contribution from scrimmage. He could still be a factor on punt returns, but the guess here is McCarthy and the medical staff will wait to see how his knee's respond to today's practice, which was conducted without pads. (The new collective bargaining agreement only allows for one padded practice a week)
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