Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled concussed cornerback Sam Shields out for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, on Thursday morning. This will be the third consecutive game Shields has missed and we will be moving into the fifth week that he’s in concussion protocol.
That shouldn’t be a huge surprise. This is Shields’ fifth concussion.
He suffered his fourth concussion in week 14 of the 2015 season. He missed four weeks before returning to action in the divisional round against Arizona.
Shields called that concussion the worst injury of his career. Thus, we wouldn’t be surprised if this concussion has him sidelined longer than four weeks. They symptoms tend to get more severe the more times the injury occurs.
Although the Packers haven’t suggested this — they say Shields is progressing and getting better — it is conceivable that he might not play again.