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Sam Shields in concussion protocol

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 13:  Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after making an interception against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on December 13, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

Packers cornerback Sam Shields missed four games at the end of last season because of a concussion that he later called the toughest injury he’s dealt with during his career.

Shields is now dealing with another one. Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed on Monday that Shields suffered a concussion during the team’s victory over the Jaguars and will be in the league’s concussion protocol until he’s cleared by an independent neurologist. The coach also said that Shields’ injury from last year will be part of the equation for the medical team.

“Anytime any of our players is in the protocol and dealing with a concussion, it’s a concern,” McCarthy said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That’s why we’ll evaluate Sam each and every day and most importantly to make sure he’s healthy and goes through the challenges of what he’s dealing with. It’s a protocol. I think they do a great job, particularly our doctors, of taking it one step at a time. We definitely are aware of his history and that will factor in on how we move forward.”

That may make it difficult for Shields to progress through the protocol in time to face the Vikings in Week Two. Quinten Rollins would likely step into Shields’ role if the veteran can’t play.

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35 Responses to “Sam Shields in concussion protocol”
  1. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 13, 2016 9:14 AM

    It’s a big loss, but player safety comes first in Green Bay. Hope Sam heals up quickly and completely.

  2. philcodean says: Sep 13, 2016 9:22 AM

    Sam, you’ve been a part of the Packer family for a number of years. Not going to tell you what decisions you need to make in the future. But, your health is more important than your career. Would totally understand if you decided to move on to the next chapter of your life after football.

  3. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 13, 2016 9:41 AM

    I hope he’s going to be okay for this week. I’m a little worried about him being under the care of the Packers doctors, given that they have shown that they can’t even diagnose a simple torn ACL.

  4. cribbage12 says: Sep 13, 2016 9:44 AM

    Heal up quickly, Sam. Godspeed.

  5. aypeeswhippingstick says: Sep 13, 2016 10:00 AM

    Take you time and get well Sammy. Guion should be able to cover Treadslow.

  6. jimnsota says: Sep 13, 2016 10:01 AM

    That’s no good, brain injuries are no joke. Looks like both teams will be missing their best CB’s.

  7. atthemurph says: Sep 13, 2016 10:06 AM

    Sit this week and get better. MN doesn’t have any WRs to worry about and which ever QB they wheel out in a wheelchair won’t matter either.

  8. pkrlvr says: Sep 13, 2016 10:32 AM

    I’m a little worried about him being under the care of the Packers doctors, given that they have shown that they can’t even diagnose a simple torn ACL.
    ——
    Stay classy Teddy….

  9. stellarperformance says: Sep 13, 2016 10:35 AM

    This would be a significant loss if he can’t play.

  10. stellarperformance says: Sep 13, 2016 10:36 AM

    Quinton Rollins needs to play better than he did against Jacksonville.

  11. codythao35 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:51 AM

    Soft like cheese

  12. gaetz23 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:55 AM

    Hope to see Sam back on the field soon, where he belongs. He’s quietly put together a nice career. A great story from an undrafted guy that hopefully gets a few more chapters. Everyone should go out on their own terms.

  13. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:13 AM

    Normally, I’d be worried. But GB is playing the Vikings this week. They have only 1 NFL caliber WR on their roster, and no QBs. Heal up Sam. We’ll need you against DET – the only other halfway decent offense in the division after us.

    This week is gonna be a rout.

  14. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 13, 2016 11:23 AM

    A little brain-washing should clear that right up.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 13, 2016 11:31 AM

    Fact: The NFL ranks offenses according to yards gained.

    Fact: The Vikings have more yards gained this season than the Packers.

    Undeniable fact: The Vikings therefore have a better offense than the Packers.

  16. finchy74 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:41 AM

    Not good to see two concussions in such a short time span. Good player, hope he heals up quickly.

  17. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:41 AM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 13, 2016 10:35 AM

    This would be a significant loss if he can’t play.

    ________________________

    Imagine if your QB couldn’t play. This isn’t THAT big of a deal.

  18. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:46 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:31 AM
    Fact: The NFL ranks offenses according to yards gained.

    Fact: The Vikings have more yards gained this season than the Packers.

    Undeniable fact: The Vikings therefore have a better offense than the Packers.

    __________________

    Yeah, straight from NFL, Inc. You know- the guys that run the show. Guess I’m all-in on that.

    Vikings have a better Defense too (but who on the planet didn’t know that?).

  19. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 13, 2016 12:09 PM

    How is he gonna figure out that red, yellow, and green light thingy in the middle of town?

  20. skol4life says: Sep 13, 2016 12:18 PM

    The Packers stunning lack of depth will be exposed quickly. The house of cards is already shaking

  21. aypeeswhippingstick says: Sep 13, 2016 12:56 PM

    skol4life says:
    Sep 13, 2016 12:18 PM
    The Packers stunning lack of depth will be exposed quickly. The house of cards is already shaking

    No, that would be that hulking monstrosity I guess you call a stadium and your championship hopes for that matter that are houses of cards. Enjoy your new palace filled with green and gold this Sunday. Once again showing how “great” their fans are!

  22. numba1minnysportsfan says: Sep 13, 2016 1:30 PM

    Hey, guys!

    Big time VIKES guy hear.

    No offense, pack fans, but I hope this guy can’t play. Against the 27th defense from last yere, in points allowed, my VIKES couldn’t score a TD–and MY MAIN MAN PETERSEN gained 31 yards on 19 carrys.

    Imagine what the 12th best defense from last yere is going to be able to do…especially since we don’t have Teddy’s cannon!

    This game has me worried. Hope I’m wrong…but I think this game could be bad.

    SKOL VIKES

  23. gtodriver says: Sep 13, 2016 1:38 PM

    Best regards to Sam.

    His health is more important than any football game.

    (On a side note, I’m sure that fecal performance is regretting his promoting yards over points as the most important stat…)

  24. contra74 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:16 PM

    philcodean says:
    Sep 13, 2016 9:22 AM
    Sam, you’ve been a part of the Packer family for a number of years. Not going to tell you what decisions you need to make in the future. But, your health is more important than your career. Would totally understand if you decided to move on to the next chapter of your life after football.
    —-
    Sam isnt on here reading your post but keep believing that he is with your open letter.

    Wait…you also believe you own an NFL team because a piece of paper tells you so.

    It all makes sense.

  25. axespray says: Sep 13, 2016 2:48 PM

    Making jokes about a guy getting a concussion, typical minnesota class and they wonder why bad luck comes their team’s way….

    Wide Left, Bridgewater’s Knee, “This isn’t detroit man!”, Gary Anderson….

    Viking fans deserve all of that and no Superbowl wins.

  26. teamnorsecore says: Sep 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    Shields has a glass jaw……just like the fan base that cheers for him…..

  27. stellarperformance says: Sep 13, 2016 3:08 PM

    I won’t give up on any of you. A good teacher never abandons their students, even the slow ones.

    I have taken all of you to school so many times, and I’ll bring you home too.

  28. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:56 PM

    Uh oh.

    Did we cancel practice?

  29. numba1minnysportsfan says: Sep 13, 2016 3:57 PM

    teamnorsecore says:
    Sep 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    Shields has a glass jaw……just like the fan base that cheers for him…..

    —–

    Guys!

    Big time VIKES guy hear.

    We can’t be saying this stuff! Are QB dislocated his nee while running!

  30. xDocOpsx says: Sep 13, 2016 4:16 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 13, 2016 9:41 AM
    I hope he’s going to be okay for this week. I’m a little worried about him being under the care of the Packers doctors, given that they have shown that they can’t even diagnose a simple torn ACL.

    ^^^^^

    You shouldn’t be complaining about it. Your team was able to get their #1 WR from that.

  31. h0metownzero says: Sep 13, 2016 4:23 PM

    Football is a dangerous sport. In fact, one team actually killed one of their players in training camp once. Fortunately that level of incompetence hasn’t been repeated.

  32. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 13, 2016 4:37 PM

    I hope Shields is okay. It’s this sort of thing that sucks about this sport (injuries).

    It would be great if all teams could be at full-strength- 100% of the time.

  33. philcodean says: Sep 13, 2016 8:13 PM

    Cont74(sic):

    Sam isnt on here reading your post but keep believing that he is with your open letter.

    Wait…you also believe you own an NFL team because a piece of paper tells you so.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    I remember many "open letters" by Viking fans posted to PFT, directly to Teddy B. when he was injured a couple weeks ago, so don't be calling me out on that bro.

    As for the Packer stock sales, I don't own a share, but it was pure financial genius on the part of the organization to raise capital and offered a unique way for fans to support the team other than jersey sales.

  34. baadmantings says: Sep 14, 2016 1:12 AM

    Another concussion. thats tough. classless that people make fun of someones health.

  35. ariani1985 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:39 AM

    I am just a big time Packer stock holder chiming in! Did I approve of this?

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