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Sam Shields avoids serious knee injury

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While Sunday ended up being a bad day for his team, things could have been even worse for Packers cornerback Sam Shields.

He exited in pain during the 49ers’ opening offensive drive after a teammate fell on Shields’ leg during an effort to tackle San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree.

Believed to be an MCL strain, an MRI exam reveals that Shields suffered only a bone bruise.  And that’s great news for Shields, given that he’s due to become a free agent in March.

Shields started 14 regular-season games in 2013, missing two with a hamstring injury.

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34 Responses to “Sam Shields avoids serious knee injury”
  1. rubenxx7 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:11 PM

    Ok this is second article on him please make it the last pft.

  2. golforepar says: Jan 6, 2014 1:11 PM

    The 1st offseason move – Sign Sam Shields!

  3. ktm300xcwe says: Jan 6, 2014 1:12 PM

    Good player too bad he plays for a hapless and tasteless franchise.

  4. thehatefulnerd says: Jan 6, 2014 1:13 PM

    The way this team reports injuries, I’ll believe it next summer when I see him run again.

  5. chris6523 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:13 PM

    As a packer fan, I’m glad to hear Sam is OK. He’s been a solid player for the pack and is due to get a nice payday now that he will be a free agent. He was undrafted so he obviously has made a lot less money than other guys who haven’t performed at his level. Now is his big chance to get paid. Not sure if he will end up back in Green Bay, but when he signs his next contract, I’ll be happy for him no matter where he ends up.

  6. noeffinway says: Jan 6, 2014 1:14 PM

    Why do I have this feeling that in about an hour we will see a NEW report denying the that Shields has had an MRI yet……..lol, smh

  7. thepftpoet says: Jan 6, 2014 1:16 PM

    He’s coming to the Vikings this next offseason and going to be opposite of Xavier Rhodes.

    Of course all Packer players know the better team that’s why they all leave for the Vikes.

  8. dahmergeinteam says: Jan 6, 2014 1:21 PM

    He should stay here. We love him. No one should leave us, ever. I will help his rehab with my sewing club.

  9. judsonjr says: Jan 6, 2014 1:22 PM

    So what do the Packers do at CB?

    They have Hayward on a rookie contract, who was great as a rookie but essentially missed the whole season with a hamstring.

    They have Tramon Williams who played well the 2nd half of this year, after being pretty bad in 2011 and 2012. The problem is that he is due to make $10m.

    And they have Shields who is going to want the money truck backed up.

    Ideally, they extend Williams at a reasonable level and use that to help pay Shields.

  10. ninerrob52 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:23 PM

    It’s amazing how fast they know this judging from past injuries where they had “no idea” what the diagnosis was. This one comes quick because there is no opponent coming up.

    I wouldn’t expect anything different from any team but the lying throughout the season is ridiculous. just say “we won’t be addressing it until the injury reports are released”

  11. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:30 PM

    The refs were on the Packer payroll last night!

    I’ve never seen so many non-calls for holding
    in one game in 40 years

  12. shoddymnbridgerepair says: Jan 6, 2014 1:31 PM

    I’d like to see the Packers re sign Shields and get him a second ring.

  13. fordrewls says: Jan 6, 2014 1:32 PM

    I kept looking for the Bears and vikings in the bottom line yesterday. Anyone know what channel they were on?

  14. guiness17 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:38 PM

    A bone bruise? So they were guessing it was MCL???

    He could’ve come back to the game. Sure would’ve been nice to have him and might well have made a difference. Crabtree doesn’t average 17 yards per reception with him out there instead of Hyde/Bush.

  15. angelogiaquinto18 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:43 PM

    That packer tat on his neck should help his stock with the pack! Hurt with 31 other teams

  16. salbright45 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:45 PM

    I think that 5 Packers were knocked out of the big game, and only Mulumba might have made it back to the field. OK, the LT likely had no choice with a concussion, but what happened to Neal? If these guys cannot try to play, without a serious injury, they have to be let go. Not to mention play calling in going for the tie with minutes to go! Ugh, I’d better find a better coach and follow his team.

  17. quickstrong says: Jan 6, 2014 1:46 PM

    Packers make the playoffs almost every year and usually get beaten in the first round. They need a better defense if they plan on going deep into the playoffs.
    This year they should fire Capers and draft for defense.

  18. greej1938l says: Jan 6, 2014 1:55 PM

    Only reason pack lost that ball game. Was shields injury

  19. rko3569 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:16 PM

    I would like to say a few things, first some of the smart asses out there. All former packers go to the vikings. The vikings should not talk. Look at the quarterbacks all three all worthless.A.P. is being run down to the ground.

  20. leatherface2012 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:29 PM

    fordrewls says:
    Jan 6, 2014 1:32 PM
    I kept looking for the Bears and vikings in the bottom line yesterday. Anyone know what channel they were on?

    packers played one more game than the texans. packers are on the same channel the vikings detroit and chicago are on next week

  21. leatherface2012 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:30 PM

    greej1938l says:
    Jan 6, 2014 1:55 PM
    Only reason pack lost that ball game. Was shields injury

    and a lousy qb.

  22. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2014 2:36 PM

    He’s fun to watch (except against my team) — hope he’s okay.

  23. bearsoxass says: Jan 6, 2014 2:38 PM

    I like Sam Shields, but what about a trade with Seattle for Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman……

  24. briggsweatbird says: Jan 6, 2014 3:11 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Jan 6, 2014 1:16 PM
    He’s coming to the Vikings this next offseason and going to be opposite of Xavier Rhodes.

    Of course all Packer players know the better team that’s why they all leave for the Vikes.

    ————————————————————-Yes, I am sure Sam will engage is some film study, much like Greg Jennings did of Ponders, to determine who the superior football players are.

    Jennings has a bright future, either as a scout, or a believably sincere politician.

    As Jennings said, the Packers brainwash their players into believing their organization is the best in the league. Horrors! The Vikes don’t need to resort to such actions, as the players already know the Vikes have the WORST organization.

    Sam will go where the money is, even if it means playing in a college stadium, outdoors, for two years, for the most lost franchise in the NFL.

  25. stellarperformance says: Jan 6, 2014 3:14 PM

    Considering all the problems the Packers had this season, and the fact they prevailed in their division despite the setbacks, I can call them Won and Done.

  26. quickstrong says: Jan 6, 2014 3:17 PM

    As cold as it was in Green Bay yesterday the seat should be very warm under Capers and McCarthy defensive has been bad for 3 years now and offensive play calling is horrible. For sure Capers has to go.

  27. deltaoracle says: Jan 6, 2014 3:42 PM

    I’ve had plenty of complaints with the Packers’ defense this season, but not on Sunday. Starting without Matthews and Jolly and then losing Shields, Neal and Mulumba quickly, I figured that a complete team like SF would hang at least 40 points on them. They hung in there and battled and had a takeaway; I don’t think you could ask for much more.
    Having said that, the first three rounds of the draft should be best defensive player available. And McCarthy needs to fire at least one guy on the defensive staff to show that the season’s performance was not acceptable.

    Oh and to the clown crying about the refs, I think the Niners had what – 5 yards in penalties? Yeah, the zebras really had it in for them. They let both teams get away with grabbing, your team won, stop bellyaching.

  28. 5xchamps says: Jan 6, 2014 4:35 PM

    Lol all u guys is some mad fans… Obviously the BEST TEAM WON… The packers knew they weren’t going to win this one. So stop acting like u guys were lol.. Just sit back nd watch the playoffs… See u next season LMAO

  29. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 6, 2014 6:17 PM

    Well, the Packers are going to be in the playoffs the next five years, barring injury, so they just have to stay healthy and get a little help at safety and linebacker.

    No team in the north is close to GB, talent wise, so they should contend for a SB every year for the foreseeable future.

  30. 5xchamps says: Jan 6, 2014 7:31 PM

    Lol dude u MUST b dreaming as long as kapernick is in the game I don’t even think the packers going to make it far..u should already knw by now that HE OWNS THE PACKERS TEAM..especially in the PLAYOFFS… IF u anybody got some to say COME WITH SOME KNUCKLES LOL

  31. indycheezhed says: Jan 6, 2014 9:42 PM

    Lol, the best team with the almighty Kapernick won on a last second field goal playing against a bunch of third stringers. You really flexed your muscles there.

  32. trapshoot says: Jan 6, 2014 10:39 PM

    Good news for Sheilds and the Packers.

  33. hazelmn says: Jan 6, 2014 10:49 PM

    The reason the Packers lost was clearly an official problem. That is, Colin Kaepernick officially owns the Packers.

  34. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 8, 2014 12:54 AM

    hazelmn says:
    Jan 6, 2014 10:49 PM
    The reason the Packers lost was clearly an official problem. That is, Colin Kaepernick officially owns the Packers.

    That may be, but Aaron Rodgers officially owns the NFC North. So?

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