Following are the highlights from coach Mike McCarthy’s short press conference after practice Thursday:
**Defensive lineman Mike Neal returned to practice after missing Wednesday because of a sprained ankle and appeared to move well.
“Mike looked good today,” McCarthy said. “He practiced, I watched him in individual (drills), actually had probably too good of a pass rush there at the end of red zone. See how he responds tomorrow, but I liked what I saw from Mike Neal.”
** McCarthy said cornerback Sam Shields did more today than he had in practice Monday and Wednesday. Shields is coming back from a sprained ankle.
“Shields looked a lot better today,” McCarthy said. “Actually took some opponent reps playing receiver. That’s what he needs, he needs to get out there and put that foot in the ground. I definitely felt starting Monday to today he looked much better. We’ll see how he feels in the morning.”
** McCarthy said he expects tight end Andrew Quarless to occasionally miss practice because of soreness in his post-operative knee. Quarless, who recently came off the physically unable to perform list, didn’t practice today after practicing Wednesday.
** McCarthy said fullback John Kuhn has looked like “his old self” in practice this week. Kuhn is coming back from a hamstring injury.