Although the Green Bay Packers made it out of their game with the Minnesota Vikings almost injury free, the team still got some bad news on Monday regarding injuries.
Both linebacker Brady Poppinga and defensive end Mike Neal will be joining seven teammates on injured reserve.
Poppinga, who hurt himself in the loss to Miami, was expected to be out three weeks with a torn meniscus, but additional damage was discovered during surgery.
Neal, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury, hasn’t played since the Packers loss to Washington in week five. He suited up for only two games, total, and his loss is especially damaging to a Packers defensive line, where two starters are ailing.
Cullen Jenkins has a calf strain and Ryan Pickett has a sprained ankle. However, rookie C.J. Wilson had a strong performance against the Vikings and Jarius Wynn recorded a sack in extended minutes.
Poppinga finishes the season with 14 tackles and one sack. Neal finishs with three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
The Packers will likely use the roster spots to activate Atari Bigby and Al Harris from the physically unable to perform list.