Packers DE Mike Neal is active today

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Is The Beast about to be set loose?

The much-anticipated 2011 debut of Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal should take place Sunday. Neal is active for the Packers' game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is expected to see at least some action.

Injuries have limited Neal to two NFL games since he was the Packers' second-round draft choice in 2010. The Packers loved his work in training camp as a rookie and targeted him as a likely replacement to veteran Cullen Jenkins, who departed last summer via free agency. But a 2011 knee injury ultimately required surgery and cost Neal the first nine games of the season.

Tight end D.J. Williams, who had been active for all nine games this season, is inactive as a result of Neal's inclusion on the gameday roster.