Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal (96) during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Great to have Packers Nick Perry and Mike Neal back

It was just a few days ago that Green Bay Packers Nation was worried about the report that linebackers Nick Perry and Mike Neal had failed their physicals and were placed on the physically unable to perform list.

Oh, Gosh. Or in the words of the great Vince Lombardi – “What the hell is going on out here?” – these two linebackers, who were being counted on as

Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Perry during the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Perry during the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

major contributors to a rebuilt and revived defense, were once again injured.

How could it be that they were hurt? They hadn’t even pulled on their shorts yet and they were placed on that innocuous PUP list. We knew nothing of their injuries, nor when they might be expected back.

Well, the past couple of days seemed like night and day and both Perry and Neal have been practicing. That’s good news for Packers fans, but not so good news for opponents.

I firmly believe that the Packers could have one of the most active and stout linebacking corps in all of the NFC North and one of the best in all the league. When you add Julius Peppers to a group that already includes Clay Matthews, as well as Perry and Neal at the top of the depth charts, there is reason to be pleased.

So, we feel it can only be good news when these two guys are back on the field.

The crucial question will be whether they will stay on he field without incident over the course of a 16-week season.

We can only hope for the best.

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