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Neal doesn't expect to play in preseason opener

Aug. 7, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Wednesday.  H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Wednesday. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman and outside linebacker Mike Neal participated in his first training camp practice on Wednesday after being on the physically unable to perform list with what he described as an abdominal strain.

The Packers are easing Neal back into action, with Neal not taking any reps during team drills today.

In the locker room Neal talked about his return.

On how it went on his first day back: ďItís just a brief introduction. Just one of those things trying to get acclimated, get everything feeling right and build on it each day. I did a little bit today and do a little bit more tomorrow and see how it goes.Ē

On whether he will play in the preseason opener: ďNo, no, no, I donít think Iíll play on Friday.Ē

On spending a lot of time working with the outside linebackers: ďYou know, I have to get familiar with it just in case I get put in a situation where I have to play it, but like I said before itís no symbol of me being an outside linebacker or defensive end. Itís whatever they tell me to do, thatís what Iím doing.Ē

On what he considers himself, position-wise: ďI consider myself a football player, man. Whatever they ask me to play, I feel like I can make a transition to play it, so if they ask me to play outside, Iíll do that. If they ask me to rush three-technique, Iíll do that, too.Ē

On whether heís comfortable playing two positions: ďIím comfortable with using my athletic ability if I can answer that way. It doesnít matter if my hands are down or Iím in the two point, I just feel more comfortable using what I have, which is my athleticism.Ē

On how long before he feels 100 percent: ďNot long. I had a couple pass rushes there and I felt good doing it, so I donít think I lost a step or anything like that. You canít rush anyone back into playing full speed. Itís just taking it one day at a time.Ē

On how he injured himself: ďI think it was just losing a lot of weight and doing a lot of running. Thatís really the only thing I can attribute to it.Ē

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