Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that outside linebacker Frank Zombo will likely miss next week's Monday Night Football game against NFC North division rival Minnesota Vikings.
Zombo sustained a hamstring injury in Sunday's win over the Chargers in San Diego.
"I don't think it's a severe hamstring," said McCarthy during a press conference. "I reiterated exactly what the trainer, Pepper Burris, has told me. He will be challenged and most likely will not make the Minnesota game."
McCarthy could not provide a specific timetable for Zombo's return. The linebacker's hamstring injury was his third health-related ailment of the 2011 season dating back to a broken scapula suffered during the preseason and a knee injury upon his return in Week 6.
Sunday was Zombo's first game back from a hyperextended knee. He missed the Week 7 game against the Vikings but got an extra week's rest during the team's bye.
Zombo will have missed both games against the Vikings this year, at a time they could use his services in shutting down opposing running back Adrian Peterson.
In other injury related news, it appears as if defensive lineman Mike Neal will return to practice on Thursday.
With their next game not until seven days away and an extra day to prepare, the players were given an atypical Monday off, will watch film and weight train on Tuesday, will be off again on Wednesday and return to practice Thursday.
Though the plan is for Neal to practice on Thursday, McCarthy would not commit to saying he will play in the game against the Vikings.
"We will detail what we feel Mike can handle, and there's going to be a progression of bringing Mike back to practice," said McCarthy. "That conversation will go on here the next couple days. We're shooting for him to be on the practice field Thursday."
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