There's still hope for Neal to return this season. McCarthy doesn't think he'll go on injured reserve.
Neal hurt his left knee during a non-contact drill in training camp. Coming off a season-ending shoulder injury, Neal was widely expected to play an increased role after Cullen Jenkins left as a free agent.
Jarius Wynn, a sixth-round pick in 2009 who was waived and later re-signed last season, took Neal's place against New Orleans -- although the Packers often use just two defensive linemen, B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett, in their nickel defense.
Cornerback Tramon Williams, who has a right shoulder bruise, did not practice Wednesday.