It was just individual drills but this afternoon saw the return of defensive end Mike Neal to the practice field since the second year player out of Purdue went down in a heap in a non-contact drill during training camp.
While his participation in practice by no means indicates that he will be ready to play this week, Neal was not ruled out for Monday's game against the Vikings, as left tackle Chad Clifton and outside linebacker Frank Zombo were by head coach Mike McCarthy when he met with reporters after practice this afternoon.
Before his injury this summer, the Packers had been counting on Neal to provide the inside pass rush that the since departed Cullen Jenkins had provided the last few years. Neal, who battled injury last year as well, looked promising in that role against the Lions and Redskins in his only two game appearances in 2010.
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