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Sam Shields sees a concussion specialist

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 13:   Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers is helped off of the field after taking a hit in the second quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on December 13, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Packers aren’t sure when Sam Shields might return to the field, after his fourth concussion in the last six seasons.

And there’s enough uncertainty that Shields is getting more opinions.

According to Rob Demovsky of, the Packers cornerback saw an off-site specialist to determine the next steps.

Shields has sustained four concussions in the last six seasons, with the latest in the regular season opener at Jacksonville.

“Sam is going through the protocol and the evaluations that are necessary with that,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

Sheilds missed three regular-season games and a playoff game last year after a concussion, and isn’t expected to play this week against the Lions.

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27 Responses to “Sam Shields sees a concussion specialist”
  1. gtodriver says: Sep 22, 2016 1:12 PM

    Best of luck to Sam in his future endeavors, whatever they may be.

  2. longtimefanh8tr says: Sep 22, 2016 1:16 PM

    His career is in big jeopardy.

  3. favreisadouche says: Sep 22, 2016 1:26 PM

    Smart to not trust non-partial NFL team doctor. FYI I’m a lifelong Packers fan so I’d hate to see him not on the field but feel we will not see 37 on the field again.

  4. scoops1 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:30 PM

    Its over….big Shields fan….

    but its over

  5. meetadam says: Sep 22, 2016 1:31 PM

    Stand up guy, hell of a player, but for his future outside of football, I really hope he doesn’t come back on the field. After reading that article of him explaining his last concussion, that’s scary stuff.

    All the best. Pack for life.

  6. ariani1985 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:31 PM

    good luck to him, he is probably done. if you ever had a concussion it takes up to a year just to get rid of the symptoms. nothing to make fun of.

  7. philcodean says: Sep 22, 2016 1:34 PM

    There shouldn’t be any shame in Sam walking away from football at this point in his career, if that’s what he chooses. He has a Super Bowl ring which can’t be said of 90% of NFL players and health is everything. I wish him all the best in the evaluation he is going through right now.

  8. dcviking says: Sep 22, 2016 1:45 PM

    wow…4 concussions seems like quite a few by today’s standards. Good luck to him — hope he is able to return and keep playing, but if not, walks away with his health in tact.

  9. gb15class says: Sep 22, 2016 1:55 PM

    Packer fan here. Always hate to see a run end especially in season, and we really missed Sam against the Vikings, and GB could sure use him for a playoff run, but…. I hope he doesn’t take any chances and has a good long life. Repeated concussions are nothing to mess with. Clutch player, fun to watch, thanks # 37 !

  10. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 22, 2016 2:05 PM

    Sam doesn’t trust his Packers. So he goes for outside help. Maybe they won’t try the ‘brain-washing cure’.

  11. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 22, 2016 2:08 PM

    Sam looks real concerned in that picture. Looks familiar to me somehow.

  12. milkcan44 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:13 PM

    Sam looks really old in this picture – he’s a lot younger than that. Hope the young free agents are as good as Casey Hayward would have been.

  13. jfrogwi says: Sep 22, 2016 2:14 PM

    Is it too late to keep Devon House or Casey Hayward?

  14. fumblenuts says: Sep 22, 2016 2:15 PM

    you only have 1 brain……time to hang up the cleats.

  15. judsonjr says: Sep 22, 2016 2:18 PM

    I am a Packer fan and they need him badly , but I think he needs to hang it up.

    The concussion prior to this last one wasn’t even a major hit. He was sliding along the sideline, bumped his head slightly on a near-frozen field, and was out several games. When it happened, the announcers couldn’t even figure out what the injury might have been.

  16. senxic says: Sep 22, 2016 2:34 PM

    Great player and its rough when he isn’t out there for sure.

    Gotta think long term. Hang em up, it’s not worth it.

    Pack Nation

  17. mmack66 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:41 PM

    Jerry Jones?

  18. getadealdonealready says: Sep 22, 2016 2:45 PM

    That is too bad, he is a very good corner, and while that D desperately needs him, this doesn’t sound good, he has to think about his quality of life after football.

    It is never good for the game to lose key players due to injury, get healthy young man.

  19. codythao35 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:48 PM

    Soft like cheese,might as well quit playing for the Pack ten.

  20. shepwp1 says: Sep 22, 2016 3:01 PM

    Wow, a lot to contemplate for this 28-yr old. Hopefully the doctors and family will guide him through this.

  21. adrianbeatason says: Sep 22, 2016 3:06 PM

    I’m a Packer fan, but just retire Sam. You had a good career. You were one of the best. You got paid. Your health is more important than football. The Packers need to move on from you sooner rather than later anyway.

  22. finchy74 says: Sep 22, 2016 3:12 PM

    Hope he plays it safe and prioritizes his long term health. He’s had a good 6 seasons playing at a high level. Walk away from the game, find a passion project and live the good life with your faculties completely intact.

  23. skolkr says: Sep 22, 2016 4:20 PM

    Boy is he going to be upset when he comes to and realizes he’s a Packer.

  24. winninaintsinnin says: Sep 22, 2016 7:06 PM

    Retire now

  25. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Sep 23, 2016 12:52 AM

    skolkr says:
    Sep 22, 2016 4:20 PM
    Boy is he going to be upset when he comes to and realizes he’s a Packer.
    With a Super Bowl ring on his finger !!
    That sure sucks, huh ?

  26. minkytails says: Sep 23, 2016 9:34 AM

    I love him as a Packer and what he brings to the team, but I’d be happy to see him retire so he can live a normal life down the road. I’d give that advice to every NFL player, concussion history or not. In a perfect world, this league would fold.

  27. revelation123 says: Sep 23, 2016 7:15 PM

    Sit out for another game Sam, then use the bye week to heal some more.

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