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Shields Out for Packers; Raiders Down Two Starters

Shields suffered a concussion during the first half of last week’s victory over Dallas, meaning ample playing time for the Packers' two rookie cornerbacks.

Sam Shields is the only starter out of the lineup for the Green Bay Packers in their game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Shields suffered a concussion during the first half of last week’s victory over Dallas. The Packers could go two directions, with rookies Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins playing in the base defense and Casey Hayward focusing his attention solely in the slot. Or the Packers could line up with Randall and Hayward in the base defense, with Hayward bumping inside in nickel and Rollins entering the game.

The Packers’ other inactives are quarterback Brett Hundley, running back John Crockett, linebacker Andy Mulumba, guard/tackle Josh Walker, tight end Kennard Backman and receiver Ty Montgomery. Montgomery will miss his eighth consecutive game with an ankle injury.

Active for Green Bay is center Corey Linsley, who has missed two of the last three games with an injured ankle. Coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t say if Linsley or J.C. Tretter would get the start.

The Raiders will be without starting right tackle Austin Howard (knee) and safety Nate Allen (knee). J’Marcus Webb will move from right guard to right tackle with Jon Feliciano playing right guard. Taylor Mays will get the start for Allen. Oakland’s other inactives are running back Roy Helu, cornerback Neiko Thorpe, tackle/guard Matt McCants, receiver Rod Streater, tight end Gabe Holmes and defensive tackle Leon Orr. Thorpe had emerged as the Raiders’ third corner but was limited all week with a neck injury.

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