The Green Bay Packers will very likely be without corner Sam Shields for the fourth straight game, this week.
As of Friday morning, Shields still wasn’t out of concussion protocol.
“When you’re talking about a concussion it’s obviously different than other injuries,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “You don’t just get to 70, 80, 90 percent. Everyone is different. Every player is different. Until he comes through the protocol that’s just where we are.”
And where we are is with a defense without their No. 1 cornerback.
That means the Packers will look to stop Kirk Cousins with rookies Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins outside and veteran Casey Hayward in the slot.
That’s not a bad lineup, but you’d like your top veteran for the playoffs.
As for Shields, this concussion certainly isn’t the norm. Most guys return the next week or maybe miss a game.
Defensive lineman B.J. Raji suffered a concussion in Arizona and played against the Vikings the next week.
The Packers have seen this before, however. Receiver Jared Abbrederis missed most of training camp and the preseason with a concussion.
Shields’ official status will be updated this afternoon.