The good news is defensive end Mike Neal saying he is expecting to play yet this season, but he just doesn’t know when that will be. He said for sure it wouldn’t be the game after the bye (at San Diego), but that it would be at some point.
“I feel good. I’m optimistic. I hope it works out,” Neal told JSonline Friday. “I can only take it in stride.”
“I can only do as much as I’m able to, as much as they let me do,” Neal said. “I’ll just go from there. I’m still optimistic. I still hope to play this year but when? I just don’t know.”
The not-so-good news was that Ryan Pickett suffered a mild concussion yesterday and was being listed as questionable on the Packers injury report.
However, Coach Mike McCarthy said that Pickett most likely would play Sunday against the Vikings.
“It’s really precautionary,” McCarthy said. “Doctor John Gray’s playing the high side. He will be evaluated in the morning. It happened some time during practice yesterday.”
Missing Pickett would certainly be a big blow to the Packers defensive line and their stout run defense. With Minnesota and Adrian Peterson next on the docket, stopping the run is surely the top priority for the Packers. Without Pickett, that becomes difficult.
Other news was that Sam Shields, who suffered a concussion against the Rams last Sunday, is doubtful. That’s not a huge surprise given that the Packers would probably sit him a week and then have the bye week to get him back to 100 percent.
However, he still hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
McCarthy said Shields would be examined again Saturday when a final decision on his status will be made. McCarthy said it would not be a game-time decision.