Asked if he was inclined to rest Sam Shields for Sunday night’s game at New Orleans so the cornerback’s knee could benefit from an extra week to recover with next week’s bye, McCarthy said: “No, I don't keep players out for games. If a player can play, he plays. Sam's going through a medical situation and when he's ready, he'll play.”
After a pause, McCarthy added: “We're trying to keep our stats down, you know? Games missed, medically. It's a goal this year.”
Shields was among four starters/key performers who did not participate in Wednesday’s practice, with starting safety Morgan Burnett (ankle), starting defensive end Datone Jones (knee) and running back James Starks (ankle) wearing stocking caps rather than football helmets during a chilly midday practice. After practice, all three went through a workout in the Don Hutson Center.
“They all hopefully looked like they were moving pretty good, so we'll see how all three of them come out,” McCarthy said. “I don't have high concern, but all three of them are working through those injuries. I really don't have a read for you yet.”
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