GREEN BAY - Mike Neal was practicing with the first-team defense on Tuesday's Green Bay Packers training camp practice with Cullen Jenkins sitting out with a calf strain.
Head coach Mike McCarthy indicated after practice that Jenkins would be a long shot for Thursday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lambeau Field.
That likely means Neal will be getting a lot of work with the starters in the third exhibition game in which the starters will play the entire first half.
"Jenkins strained his calf about three-quarters of the way through practice," McCarthy said following practice on Monday.
Neal figures to take Jenkins' spot in both the base and the nickel defense.
Bounce back: First-round draft choice Bryan Bulaga showed some resiliency on Tuesday coming back to practice one day after dropping out early with a hip flexor issue.
While Bulaga was out, Daryn Colledge took all of the snaps at left guard with the first-team offense, a position at which the two had been rotating the last two weeks.
With Allen Barbre not practicing today, Bulaga spent most of his time at left tackle today, however.
Getting a chance: Undrafted rookie Sam Shields lined up with the first-team punt unit on Tuesday in what appears to be an opportunity to prove his worth to the team.
Shields also was with the first-team punt return unit as a jammer and on kickoff coverage yesterday as well.
His opportunities seem to be coming at the expense of Jarrett Bush who was not on any of the first-team squads the past two days. Bush has been a core special teams player his entire career in Green Bay.
But after a Seattle game in which he had a poor showing on special team as well as two penalties on defense, his job may be in jeopardy.
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