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Neal looking to seize opportunity at OLB with Matthews sidelined

10:29 PM, Oct. 9, 2013
Packers defensive lineman/linebacker Mike Neal chases Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during the second quarter Sunday.
Packers defensive lineman/linebacker Mike Neal chases Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during the second quarter Sunday.
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Mike Neal never expected to be playing outside linebacker as much as he has through the first month of the 2013 season, let alone starting there.

However, that's exactly where the Green Bay Packers' 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman/linebacker finds himself after coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Wednesday that four-time Pro Bowler Clay Matthews will be lost for "multiple weeks" because of surgery to repair a Bennett's fracture in his right thumb.

When the team approached the fourth-year defensive lineman about making a shift this offseason, Neal figured he'd be counted on to provide ...

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