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Packers not counting on Neal, Hargrove

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers defensive linemen Mike Neal (four games) and Anthony Hargrove (eight games) face NFL suspensions this season, meaning the team canít count on them for the start of the regular season. † ďThe priority will be to be ready for the opening of our season with our 53 players,Ē said Packers coach Mike McCarthy during a press conference early this afternoon following the teamís third and final rookie orientation camp practice.† † Hargrove is appealing his suspension, which was imposed because of his involvement in the New Orleansí bounty scandal, so itís possible he could be available. † Both Neal, who will serve his suspension for violating the leagueís policy on performance-enhancing substances, and Hargrove can practice and work out normally during the offseason. Their banishment doesnít begin until the start of the regular season. † But McCarthy clearly canít wait around in the hope either player can contribute, which is one reason the Packers selected defensive linemen Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels in the draft. † Other highlights from McCarthyís presser: †On rookies contributing right away: ďItís a young manís league in my opinion Ė no disrespect to the older players. I think thatís a trend thatís only potentially going to pick up.Ē † On todayís practice: ďThereís a lot of good football out there today. Today was our best practice. The tempo was the best that weíve had of the three. I really felt that the practice environment of the team as a whole got better throughout the weekend; thatís very encouraging. Thatís a credit to the players and a credit to our coaches. We actually finished a little ahead of schedule coming off the practice field today. I donít think thatís ever happened Ė Iíll have to go back and check the notes Ė at a rookie orientation camp. They were flying around today.Ē † On keeping three or four quarterbacks on the roster: ďWeíre doing some more drill work where thereís more throwing involved in practice. Iíve had to calculate that into my thinking, three versus four. So Iím comfortable either way. Iíve done four. I did five one time, and I would never do that. Thatís too many. But I think four is a healthy number. (With three) it really helps you because it helps the competition between the No. 2 and No. 3, because the reps, obviously they get more reps, so thatís the benefit of that.Ē

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