Mike Neal is hoping his Indiana homecoming counts for something.
Neal, a native of the Hoosier State, said Friday he secured about 20 tickets for those close to him to attend Sunday's matchup in Indianapolis between the Green Bay Packers and the hometown Colts.
''My friends and family have always been supportive,'' Neal said. ''Me playing or not playing, the big thing is just to be able to see them.''
Still, Neal would prefer to be seen in uniform on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf instead of standing on the sideline dressed in sweats.
Neal and Green Bay teammate James Starks are itching to play for the first time this season, but neither player knows whether the long wait will end Sunday, when the Packers (2-2) visit the Colts (1-2).
''I don't know how it's really going to work,'' Starks said. ''I don't know what Coach's got in store.''
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