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.