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Packers' Poppinga, Neal done for year

10/25/2010

Go ahead and add two more players to the Green Bay Packers' stunning season-ending injury list. Linebacker Brady Poppinga (knee) and defensive lineman Mike Neal (shoulder) are both scheduled for surgery to repair significant injuries, coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday.

Poppinga suffered his injury two weeks ago against the Miami Dolphins and doctors found more damage than originally anticipated. A reserve when the Packers have a healthy starting lineup, Poppinga was filling in for the injured Clay Matthews in that game and finishes the year with 14 tackles and one sack.

Neal, the Packers' second-round draft choice, was limited to only two games as a rookie because of rib and shoulder injuries.

The Packers now have nine players who are either on injured reserve or are destined to be stowed there. It's possible that they'll get back two previously injured players, cornerback Al Harris and safety Atari Bigby, in time for Sunday's game at the New York Jets.