Packers’ Mike Neal has knee surgery

After the Packers took defensive lineman Mike Neal in the second round of the 2010 draft, he played in just two games as a rookie. He may have trouble playing even that many games this season.

Neal missed the Packers’ opener, and now Neal has undergone knee surgery and will be out “a significant amount of weeks,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

The Packers aren’t putting Neal on injured reserve, so they apparently think he can return at some point, but it’s troubling that Neal can’t seem to stay healthy.

In better injury news, McCarthy seemed optimistic about the chances of Packers cornerback Tramon Williams to play on Sunday.

34 responses to “Packers’ Mike Neal has knee surgery

  1. Sucks. I like the guy, really do but McCarthy preaches that you need to be both capable AND available. Not “or”.

    Dude’s not been available so can’t tell if he’s really capable.

    It’s getting old.

  2. Really hoping this guy doesn’t turn out to be Justin Harrell jr… I love the guys ability, last year there were reports that none of the (Packers) O-Lineman could handle his strength, but you need to be on the field to do anything.

    This is a big hit for the Pack, after already losing Jenkins (and Jolly) this offseason. Just gotta hope Jarius Wynn and C.J. Wilson mature fast!! Go Pack!!

  3. man, is this justin harrell redux? hope wynn and cj wilson can hold things down in the interim. This is exactly why I wasn’t crazy about letting cullen jenkins go. can’t keep ’em all.

  4. There are few Defensive Coordinators better at coming up with plans to compensate for missing players than Dom Capers. It’s still hard to believe he kept the ship from sinking in the second half of the Super Bowl without Woodson and Shields. So I trust he’ll get the smoke and mirrors working to cover this too. But it sure doesn’t help our chances.

  5. well………. never been on the field so as of now it’s hard to say we suffered a major setback BUT… we were counting on him..

  6. wow that sucks I was really hoping he would have a good year this year, dude just cant stay on the field…The best football player is an available one.

  7. If all of your back-ups are soooo good, they wouldn’t be back-ups.

    This hurts the Pack, hopefully teams will run all over them now.

    Or perhaps they can sign someone straight out of AA to play DT for them. Has worked in the past

  8. golfballwackerguy says:
    Sep 14, 2011 4:27 PM
    What the hell is going on with Johnny Jolly? Did he even apply for reinstatment?
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    He got bagged for possession again this year. 2nd time for having that purple codeine drink stuff. He is going to have to wait until he gets out of prison before he can apply for even a job at mickey D’s. What a waste of talent not to mention security for him and his family. Although maybe there is some good cash in that pruple drink thingy.

  9. golfballwackerguy says:
    Sep 14, 2011 4:27 PM
    What the hell is going on with Johnny Jolly? Did he even apply for reinstatment?
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Imo the pack won’t bring him back cuz of his second dealing with drugs, codeine. talk about wasted potential. neal will be fine he’s chomping at the bit to play. and please don’t even think about tommy harris, he was released from indy before the regular season there’s a reason for that.

  10. I guess somebody has to stick up for Neal. You can’t predict freak accidents. He wasn’t injury prone in college and his injuries in the pros have been unrelated. I will not write him off, he will come back. I realize I don’t have a leg to stand on (like Neal right now), but I firmly believe he will be a good player.

  11. polishrod says:
    Sep 14, 2011 5:01 PM
    If all of your back-ups are soooo good, they wouldn’t be back-ups.

    This hurts the Pack, hopefully teams will run all over them now.

    Or perhaps they can sign someone straight out of AA to play DT for them. Has worked in the past
    ————————————————————————————————————————————————————don’t worry bears fans we will be fine, ummm we won the superbowl last year without neal, and jenkins was out for half the season. I’m not sure but i thought there was 10 other guy’ s who play on defense. Neal has a lot of potential and yes he will be missed but the pack will be ok.

  12. golfballwackerguy says: What the hell is going on with Johnny Jolly? Did he even apply for reinstatment?
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    Where have you been the last 5 months…he got busted with even more codeine a 2nd time while on probation…he’s going to prison.

    Mushroomcloudmofo – Igor, really? He got overpaid in Dallas and they cut him. Not sure he is needed here.

  13. polishrod says:Sep 14, 2011 5:01 PM

    If all of your back-ups are soooo good, they wouldn’t be back-ups.

    This hurts the Pack, hopefully teams will run all over them now.

    Or perhaps they can sign someone straight out of AA to play DT for them. Has worked in the past
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    Backups are backups until they can’t be afforded anymore or become starters based on coach’s decisions.

    Apparently you were in a coma when 15 backups filled in and ran the Pack to the Super Bowl last year. Good luck with whatever scrap heap team with little depth you root for, donkey.

  14. Now if we can just get the rest of the Packers to miss Sunday’s game. As a Panther fan, I would appreciate that.

  15. Sorry to see this happen. Neal just can’t seem to stay healthy but if we look at last season Neal wasn’t a factor and Cullen Jenkins was hurt quite a bit and the Packers got through it. Wynn and C.J. Wilson got very valuable experience last year and will be more than up for the challenge.

  16. mkepackfan says:
    Sep 14, 2011 5:09 PM
    golfballwackerguy says: What the hell is going on with Johnny Jolly? Did he even apply for reinstatment?
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    Where have you been the last 5 months…he got busted with even more codeine a 2nd time while on probation…he’s going to prison.

    Mushroomcloudmofo – Igor, really? He got overpaid in Dallas and they cut him. Not sure he is needed here.

    Ive been right here… The charges where dropped.

  17. This hurts worse than we Packer fans want to admit. We absolutely dont want Raji playing 90% of the snaps again and as cute as those 2 man fronts were they cant be a norm. it could very well be time for a street dude alaHoward Green.

  18. You don’t catch a perfect storm 2 years in a row packer turds.

    Your team got hot at the right time last year and got on a roll- believe it or not- there is a bit of luck invoolved in winning a superbowl.

    You can’t keep losing players and expect to sustain a winning team.

    I don’t know why I bother to try and reason with you fools- it’s like speaking to a plant.

  19. ^ why do you try…

    and what great “reason” do you preach other than whiney self centered drivel?

    I think a plant would shoot itself if it were forced to listen to your arguements.

  20. paulharghis says:
    Sep 14, 2011 8:06 PM
    You don’t catch a perfect storm 2 years in a row packer turds.

    Your team got hot at the right time last year and got on a roll- believe it or not- there is a bit of luck invoolved in winning a superbowl.

    You can’t keep losing players and expect to sustain a winning team.

    I don’t know why I bother to try and reason with you fools- it’s like speaking to a plant.

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    Perhaps your clever observations would help explain the SuperBowl success of a certain team in purple, no???

  21. I think a plant would shoot itself if it were forced to listen to your arguements.

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    Too bad you aren’t a plant, huh?
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    Perhaps your clever observations would help explain the SuperBowl success of a certain team in purple, no???

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    What exactly does the Vikings past lack of success have to do with packer injuries and last years Super Bowl?
    Why do you Packer fans ALWAYS have to revert to or deflect to something Vikings?

    It’s too bad you can’t argue a point on the Packers own merits- or lack thereof.

    I wouldn’t expect anything less- worst pro sports fanbase ever. Dumb and loud- but we’re passionate about it!

  22. @paulharghis

    I bring up the Vikings because their is always some jealous, unemployed dimwit from across the river who comes on here running his mouth on Packer threads. You just sound like the latest.

    As far as the Packers are concerned, Jarius Wynn and C.J. Wilson will fill in just fine until Neal is back and healthy. And the fact that Green Bay won the Lombardi Trophy last year with 15 players on IR wasn’t just “luck” as you claim.

    It shows that the Packers roster is deep and talented, talented enough to repeat, got it???

  23. 1st:

    1.) The Vikings were brought up on this thread for know reason at all. Every single post before yours had something to do with the Packers/injuries/ replacements. You and several of your packer fan brethren cannot have an argument w/o having to pull the Vikings into it.
    What I typed has merit, but since you have no counter point- you have to bring on the Vikings-sad.

    2.) So, your 3rd and fourth best players at that position are just going to step right in huh? You’re sure about that? last year the injuries hit at spots they were deep in, today- not so much.
    “Next man up” doesn’t always work like you think. Contrary to what you think- not every packer player is all pro.
    By the way- read my prior post- I said a BIT of luck, not that it was ALL luck. reading comprehension-look into it.

    3.) It shows nothing. Just because last years team got hot at the right time- won with a lot of injuries- doesn’t mean this team will do the same- they also have lost a lot of depth at key areas. Their #1 pick is so bad- he can’t crack the 53 man roster!

    It’s tough enough to win onw SB, yet you idiots have them winning again.

    Just because they caught the perfect storm last year- doesn’t mean it will happen again- GOT IT?!?!

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