Thursday, September 8, 2011
Kickoff'11: No Mike Neal for Packers
By Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers won't have the services of oft-injured defensive end Mike Neal, who was declared inactive for Thursday night's season opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Neal practiced on a limited basis this week but obviously didn't do enough to convince the Packers his sprained knee is ready to go in game action.
Jarius Wynn is the scheduled starter for the Packers if the open in their 3-4 base. The good news for the Packers is they will have an extended preparation time for Week 2 and could get Neal back by then.
Other inactives include cornerback Davon House, safety M.D. Jennings, linebacker Frank Zombo, offensive lineman Derek Sherrod, tight end Ryan Taylor and linebacker Vic So'oto.
With Sherrod inactive, the Packers' backup tackle for this game will be Marshall Newhouse. Their backup center/guard is Evan Dietrich-Smith.