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Sam Shields and Datone Jones are Out

Sam Shields

As expected, the Green Bay Packers have ruled out cornerback Sam Shields and defensive end Datone Jones for Sunday’s game with Carolina.

Shields hasn’t practiced all week after injuring his knee against Miami. Jones practiced on a limited basis earlier in the week, but had a setback with his injured ankle. Jones suffered that injury two weeks ago against Minnesota and it is, of course, worse than the Packers thought.

Three other guys who have been battling injuries are listed as questionable for the game. They are cornerback Tramon Williams, inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore and receiver Jarrett Boykin.

We fully expect the Packers to hold Williams, who also has an ankle injury, out of Sunday’s game. However, Buffoon said today that they’ll give it until game time to make a decision.

On the other hand, we fully expect Lattimore to play. He suffered a stinger in Miami and has practiced all week, albeit on a limited basis. You know what the alternative is if Lattimore doesn’t play.

The devil that is Brad Jones.

Have we not learned anything from Old Yeller?

As for Boykin, he hasn’t played the past two weeks because of an injured groin. He didn’t produce when he was healthy and now Davante Adams has taken his job, so his return is of no consequence.

Without Shields and Williams, Casey Hayward and Davon House will start. Jarrett Bush will play nickel. Josh Boyd will step in for Jones.

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9 Comments

  1. Chad Lundberg October 17, 2014

    As badly I say we need Datone Jones, and the rest of the starters. We can actually say that we have respectable back-ups this year. We haven’t been to say that, so what a relief! That being said, I still wish we had Johnny Jolly.

    Also, I beg to differ on Jamari Lattimore. Just because the alternative is a disaster, does not mean that he will automatically play. I believe they will still put Brad out there, along with Barrington and possibly even Clay Matthews and Carl Bradford at ILB. I really think MM will play it safe with Lattimore.

  2. jtmax October 17, 2014

    If we’re up by 3 touchdowns we can put B Jones in. Otherwise, it’s going to be a disaster. I really want to see Bradford. Drafted this guy. Let’s get him out there. Need to find replacement for Hawk sooner than later.

  3. Shawn Neuser October 17, 2014

    And why would Bradford suddenly jump Barrington on the depth chart again? That one befuddles me.

    Tramon won’t play. You just don’t want to tell the Panthers that your starting corners are out any sooner than you have to.

    Let Hayward and House play. Carolina doesn’t have anyone at WR that they shouldn’t be able to handle. Personally, I’d let Tramon and Shields sit through the bye. The Saints WR core isn’t what it once was either. After the bye you have the Bears. The Packers will want their corners back for that one.

    A stinger doesn’t normally keep a guy out. I would expect Lattimore to play.

    1. Chad Lundberg October 17, 2014

      You put Bradford in because our ILB’s are either injured or playing poorly, and he’s probably more talented than Barrington. He was estimated to go in the early second round, and we got him as a steal in the 4th.

      The only reason he didn’t impress in the preseason is because he played OLB for whatever reason. When he played ILB in the final exhibition, he demonstrated a huge improvement.

      He’s been learning and developing since, so theoretically speaking, he could be good enough to let play now. It’s worth seeing IMO.

  4. Shawn Neuser October 17, 2014

    For some reason? Hahahaha… Did the guy not play outside in college?

    I did not see this huge improvement that people refer to when talking about Bradford in the final preseason game. Bradford made a couple tackles, mostly downfield, which is what our current ILBs do.

    I can buy the idea of giving someone else a shot, but Barrington would be the next in line for a shot.

  5. Howard October 17, 2014

    We all know how it works. If Bradford is activated he would not jump Barrington unless Barrington is hurt. Even though I strongly believe Jones is not capable of being a No. 1 or 2 ILB on the majority of NFL teams except one or maybe two. Jones would probably play before Barrington if Lattimore is out.

    The thing with Barrington, Bradford, Bostick, Richardson, Janis etc. is when you get your chance to play you had better show up and make plays. Once you do so you will get more playing time. If you don’t make plays or show you know what you are doing then plan on sitting a little longer.

  6. Remedy October 17, 2014

    Yes, yes it is BAD. None of these guys are anywhere near as good as Shields and Tramon

    House? HAH please, he tripped over his own feet the last time he had to cover anyone important. Literally, he fell over. Fell on his ass

    Hayward? He’s skilled, buuuut he’s also made of glass. He inspires zero confidence for the future

    Bush?! BUSH?! C’mon…

    Every fucking Packers fan is like “ohh yeah, we’re set at CB even with these injuries” and uhh no we aren’t. Nowhere close. Where does this confidence come from? I really do not understand it

    1. Phatgzus October 20, 2014

      Soooo, you want to revisit this asinine statement-seems pretty clear considering the domination House, Hayward, and a less than 100% Tramon that our Cbs have it goin’ on. Sure they were covering the Panthers receivers, but they absolutely dominated them, and at the end of the day, they’re still an NFL receiving corps.

  7. big gay clay October 18, 2014

    Our pass rush makes our defensive backs play a lot better. We will be fine against the pass…. Watch the read option to be a problem, anyone with a dual threat qb knows it’s effective against us. Expect SCam to run it early and often