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Leaner Neal Free To Do What He Does Best

Mike Neal is a good pass rusher but not a good run defender, so the Packers are tailoring his role. Neal, who is out with a minor abdominal injury, relishes the opportunity and has shown up in camp leaner in hopes of becoming meaner.

Mike Neal has tipped the scales at about 294 pounds since breaking into the NFL as the Green Bay Packers' second-round pick in 2010. Neal will be a leaner — and, perhaps, meaner — defender in 2013 as he gets ready to be a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. "I'm 275 (pounds) right now," Neal said on Friday after being sidelined for the first day of training camp with an abdominal injury...

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