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Sam Shields still in concussion protocol

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 13:   Sam Shields #37 and  Micah Hyde #33 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after Shields made an interception against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on December 13, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Packers are back at work ahead of Sunday’s Wild Card game and they’re back to waiting for cornerback Sam Shields to get cleared to make a full return.

Shields suffered a concussion in Week 14 against the Cowboys and missed the final three games of the regular season. He had progressed enough to be a limited participant in practice last week, but coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday that he remains in the concussion protocol.

Casey Hayward, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins have been the top corners in Green Bay with Shields out of the lineup. A hot Redskins passing game is going to present problems on Sunday with or without Shields, but having him available to run with DeSean Jackson would be a benefit for the Packers.

McCarthy also said that he hoped left tackle David Bakhtiari would be able to do some work in Wednesday’s practice. Bakhtiari hasn’t played the last two weeks due to an ankle injury and the Packers have not found a successful solution in either Don Barclay or moving guard Josh Sitton outside.

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47 Responses to “Sam Shields still in concussion protocol”
  1. cjpom664 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:42 PM

    I swear I saw him last night at Popeye’s wearing a blonde wig.

  2. tommykramer9 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:47 PM

    I saw him in Vegas last night with Johnny

  3. jwcarlson says: Jan 6, 2016 12:49 PM

    Bulaga was a LT at Iowa and Barclay seemed to be able to hold his own at RT when he started there a couple of seasons ago. No clue why Bulaga is never shifted over.

  4. stellarperformance says: Jan 6, 2016 12:52 PM

    Same personnel as last year, but a completely different team, and not a very good one.

  5. artvan15 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:55 PM

    Another guy they over paid for. His brain is mush!!

  6. mrkbuilders says: Jan 6, 2016 12:55 PM

    Will be interesting to see if he makes a full recovery before game time. We all know the league cares more about ratings and money than player’s health.

  7. ariani1985 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:58 PM

    The guy in the blonde wig you saw at popeyes was frankie booth writing up his excuses for the day.

  8. logicalvoicepft says: Jan 6, 2016 12:59 PM

    The Packers have no chance. Redskins by multiple TDs.

  9. usedjock says: Jan 6, 2016 1:06 PM

    logicalvoicepft says:
    Jan 6, 2016 12:59 PM

    The Packers have no chance. Redskins by multiple TDs.

    As a Packers fan if you had said that in previous years I would have laughed at you for saying that. This year? The way this team has been playing I wouldn’t doubt it one bit if the Redskins win by 10.

  10. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 6, 2016 1:09 PM

    We should just let Shields run around aimlessly.

  11. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2016 1:14 PM

    The Skins defense isn’t as good as either the Cards or Vikes who the Pack last faced — even with the O-line issues, the Pack offense will be able to score on that team.

  12. jusford says: Jan 6, 2016 1:15 PM

    If he is “cleared” I don’t see him being a big impact. He’ll probably be tentative in fear of getting another concussion before they all go on vacation.

  13. gtodriver says: Jan 6, 2016 1:22 PM

    Does Sam play QB?

    The Packers need someone that can hang on to the ball and complete some passes.

    Something called usdcoyotes keeps spouting that the Packers wide receivers are #2 in dropped passes.

    The Eagles are #1 with 35 and the Falcons and Patriots are tied for 2nd with 32.

    The Packer WR’s only have a total of 23, which puts them closer to the low (12 by Seattle) than the high.

    Another situation where a Packer fans uses fake statistics hoping people just accept his lies as true.

    The problem in GB is not just the receivers, the QB isn’t nearly as good as he used to be.

    Rodgers will never be as good as Brady.

  14. powersnatch0102 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:40 PM

    Seriously. I hope he heals up soon.

  15. lavamachine says: Jan 6, 2016 1:42 PM

    Who knew Jordy had, ” it ” all of it. Offense has not been able to stretch the field and the Oline has been terrible & Rodgers average.
    But if we can go on a short win streak 3 games it puts us in a great spot!

    Go Pack! Draft Oline, WR’s, LB’s, and RB’s.

  16. leatherface2012 says: Jan 6, 2016 1:45 PM

    the whole team is in concussion protocol

  17. willycents says: Jan 6, 2016 2:08 PM

    It seems the NFL is getting better at the concussion protocol. The first year, players were out a week and played the next game. Now, either the process has been refined to be more stringent, or the concussions are worse because most of the players are missing multiple games.

    Mike, how about an analysis of that?

  18. skinsrock says: Jan 6, 2016 2:10 PM

    He should take this week off and enjoy the offseason… Come back strong next year. HTTR!

  19. deltaoracle says: Jan 6, 2016 2:10 PM

    Totally cool with the fact that no one is giving GB a chance – absolutely no pressure on them.
    While it’s true that Cousins is unlikely to do a Garo Yerpremian impersonation like Bridgewater did, the Packers GB has been pretty good, even with rookies playing a lot.
    Hoping for a good gameve to believe the Pack has a good chance.

  20. deltaoracle says: Jan 6, 2016 2:11 PM

    …Packers D has been pretty good…

  21. deltaoracle says: Jan 6, 2016 2:12 PM

    … Hoping for a good game; have to believe…

  22. pkrlvr says: Jan 6, 2016 2:16 PM

    Classy comments by the viking fans as usual. Making fun of a guy with a concussion is very mature.

    Washington has the leagues’ 28th ranked defense. This is a very winnable game against a team that has little playoff experience. I suspect come Sunday night the vikings will be eliminated while we are moving on….and finally there will be a bit of peace in the comment sections…at least for awhile.

  23. rufustfireflyjr says: Jan 6, 2016 2:16 PM

    Delta: Actually, the Pack is favored by a point right now.

  24. emoney826 says: Jan 6, 2016 2:39 PM

    I don’t expect a win. This season has just been too painful to watch.

    Good luck in the playoffs, viking fans. I know I’ve said my share of mean things in response to your ridiculous comments, but you guys have a good team. Take it to Seattle. See you next year.

  25. nycdf says: Jan 6, 2016 2:44 PM

    Can we all agree, Cleveland is a giant dumpster fire of a city, with a tire fire of a football team with a clown of an owner.

  26. bordner says: Jan 6, 2016 2:45 PM

    Concussions are crazy. At the time, and even looking at the replay again, it didn’t look that bad when he hit his head on the play that caused the concussion. Never would have expected him to miss as many games as he has.

  27. conormacleod says: Jan 6, 2016 2:52 PM

    deltaoracle says:
    Jan 6, 2016 2:10 PM
    Totally cool with the fact that no one is giving GB a chance – absolutely no pressure on them.
    ————
    Your team started off 6-0, and were heavily favored to reach the SB this year. And if you lose, and especially if you get embarrassed this Sunday, heads will roll. Your team absolutely has all the pressure on them. The Redskins have zero pressure.

  28. purplepackerhater says: Jan 6, 2016 3:07 PM

    Even though I hate the Packers, I want them to win for these reasons:
    1) They are a NFC north team so they get a little bit of loyalty for that reason alone.
    2) It lowers their draft choice next year by at least 4 spots.
    3) NFC east was a bad division this year, in all likelihood Washington would have finished at or below .500 had they played in another division, and I don’t think that deserves my adoration.
    4) If both the Pack and the Vikes win their next two games there will be a rematch in late January, at TCF stadium.

    And most importantly….
    5) Any success, even just one week will assuage the organization’s concerns enough that they will once again chalk up their short comings to a fluke season and not make the necessary changes to improve their team in the offseason leading to a sub .500 season for the pack and a repeat as division champs for the Vikes.

  29. frank booth says: Jan 6, 2016 3:36 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 6, 2016 12:58 PM

    The guy in the blonde wig you saw at popeyes was frankie booth writing up his excuses for the day.
    ===================================
    I’m sure that if anyone would know wigs and disguises, it would be you.

  30. icebowler says: Jan 6, 2016 3:37 PM

    jwcarlson says:
    Jan 6, 2016 12:49 PM

    Bulaga was a LT at Iowa and Barclay seemed to be able to hold his own at RT when he started there a couple of seasons ago. No clue why Bulaga is never shifted over.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    If Bakh can’t go again this week, I think that is exactly what you will see.

  31. ninefingers9 says: Jan 6, 2016 3:40 PM

    Packer fans are starting to turn on the team, especially the QB. Same thing that happened with Favre.

    Delicious!

  32. shlort says: Jan 6, 2016 3:46 PM

    The concussion protocol requires base line testing. Apparently each player is tested prior to the season and the base line is set. Shields has been out for over 3 weeks with a concussion he sustained on a play in which I assumed he had injured his shoulder. Then there was talk of he got a concussion on the play. I didn’t see him make contact with his head to anything else in a violent fashion. And to not pass these tests for 3 1/2 weeks afterward? I think Shields is laying down for the rest of the season. Either that, or he is too stupid to take the test and convince anyone he is no longer concussed. If the concussion testing requires even a scant bit of intelligence to pass, the NFL should consider who they are testing.

  33. frank booth says: Jan 6, 2016 3:55 PM

    shlort says:
    Jan 6, 2016 3:46 PM

    The concussion protocol requires base line testing. Apparently each player is tested prior to the season and the base line is set. Shields has been out for over 3 weeks with a concussion he sustained on a play in which I assumed he had injured his shoulder. Then there was talk of he got a concussion on the play. I didn’t see him make contact with his head to anything else in a violent fashion. And to not pass these tests for 3 1/2 weeks afterward? I think Shields is laying down for the rest of the season. Either that, or he is too stupid to take the test and convince anyone he is no longer concussed. If the concussion testing requires even a scant bit of intelligence to pass, the NFL should consider who they are testing.
    ==================================
    Obviously, you assumed wrong.

    Also, 3 and 1/2 weeks for lingering concussion symptoms is nothing. They can linger for very long periods of time.

    Hence the need for a concussion testing.

  34. deltaoracle says: Jan 6, 2016 4:09 PM

    @conor – seriously doubt that “heads will roll” if GB loses. It took two incredible blunders on top of a poor special teams year to get the special teams coach fired last year. And that was for a true Super Bowl quality team – which this one has not been for months. McCarthy and Thompson aren’t the decapitating type.

    @purple – since we’ll be getting guys like Nelson and Barrington back as “free agents” next year, dropping a few slots in the draft doesn’t sting too much – especially with the compensatory picks GB will be getting.
    But thanks for hoping GB wins. I hope the Vikings do too, because the Packers match up much better with Carolina than they do AZ.
    And I’d much rather see the Packers go against MN than any of the other contenders.

  35. azblonguy says: Jan 6, 2016 4:16 PM

    I hope Coach McCarthy does something totally different to inspire this team! They ain’t going anywhere with the same ol same.

  36. revelation123 says: Jan 6, 2016 4:30 PM

    Green Bay’s main problem has been injuries. If they get a bit of luck by getting their #1 CB and LT back, it will go a long way.

  37. gtodriver says: Jan 6, 2016 4:31 PM

    pkrlvr says:

    Washington has the leagues’ 28th ranked defense. This is a very winnable game against a team that has little playoff experience.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    28th in yards allowed for the whole season.

    But 17th in points allowed and they only allowed a little over 3 points more per game for the season than the Packers over the 16 game schedule.

    Yards don’t equal points.

    The Washington offense has been doing real well lately, while the Packer offense has been sputtering.

    This game could be more difficult for the Packers than you think. You are favored, but the line is real close.

    If the Packers are to win, the players best not have your attitude.

  38. dwhcic says: Jan 6, 2016 4:42 PM

    Shields is soft like the rest of the Packers. Pack lose this Sunday, Vikes sneak by Seattle.

  39. berniebernard666 says: Jan 6, 2016 5:33 PM

    Packers should always be considered a threat because Rodgers is in the game, but especially when Rodgers is facing a defense that gives up 400 yards every week. And Joe Barry plays a soft prevent defense just rushing 3 and 4.

    This will be a high scoring game.

  40. djvh2 says: Jan 6, 2016 6:08 PM

    “5) Any success, even just one week will assuage the organization’s concerns enough that they will once again chalk up their short comings to a fluke season and not make the necessary changes to improve their team in the offseason leading to a sub .500 season for the pack and a repeat as division champs for the Vikes.”

    Sadly, and as a Packers fan, you are correct. We’ll be stuck with McCarthy next year, maybe even if GB gets blown out. Somehow some people think he helps the team.

  41. gtodriver says: Jan 6, 2016 6:19 PM

    djvh2 says:

    Sadly, and as a Packers fan, you are correct. We’ll be stuck with McCarthy next year, maybe even if GB gets blown out. Somehow some people think he helps the team.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I heard some discussion today that MM and AR have a rift going since last year’s NFC Championship game.

    In an attempt to appease Rodgers, MM gave up play calling duties and handed them to the guy Rodgers liked.

    We all know how that went…

    Now it’s still not working very well with MM back calling the plays.

    Last time there was a rift between the QB and the HC, the QB was sent packing.

    What happens this time? It will be interesting to watch…

  42. cribbage12 says: Jan 6, 2016 6:44 PM

    Had Shields played against the Queens the D could have held Checkdown Teddy to around 50 yards. But because the Pack was without their top DB Teddy was able to hang 99 yards on the Pack with only one INT.

    Cousins is lights years better than Tiny Hands and his QB skills are worrisome without #37 in the secondary.

  43. alliwantisluv says: Jan 6, 2016 7:37 PM

    Cribbage might very well be correct. The way the Packers are playing they certainly need his talent.

  44. gtodriver says: Jan 6, 2016 8:06 PM

    cribbage12 says:

    Had Shields played against the Queens the D could have held Checkdown Teddy to around 50 yards. But because the Pack was without their top DB Teddy was able to hang 99 yards on the Pack with only one INT.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    It’s your offense that was the problem – not your defense.

    You might want to look at your QB and his current penchant for turning the ball over.

  45. whatdoesjimmiefoxxsay says: Jan 6, 2016 8:33 PM

    Redskins are on a hot streak but I read that they have note beaten a playoff caliber team this year. That coupled with the fact that “playoff time” is new territory for them bodes well for Green Bay. It looks like Green Bay will have their left starting offensive tackle available. Not only that but the Packers appear to play better on the road this year (of course the Arizona game doesn’t help that argument). All in all I am thinking Green Bay triumphs over the the Redskins 24-21.

  46. bigblackanvil says: Jan 7, 2016 8:38 AM

    It’s the playoffs and people are betting against Aaron Rodgers? Insanity!!!!

  47. ariani1985 says: Jan 7, 2016 6:20 PM

    If #37, according to cribbage, is your best player, than you know that your defense has issues!

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