Packers Downgrade Shields, Bakhtiari

Cornerback Sam Shields will not play and left tackle David Bakhtiari is not expected to play on Sunday at Arizona.

The Green Bay Packers’ hopes for an upset victory at Arizona on Sunday suffered a couple of significant blows on Saturday with the team downgrading left tackle David Bakhtiari from questionable to doubtful and cornerback Sam Shields from doubtful to out.

The team announced the updates following Saturday’s practice in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bakhtiari, who had been battling a sore knee for most of the season but had been playing increasingly well as the season has progressed, dropped out of last week’s win vs. Oakland in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. This will be the first game he's missed in his three-year career. Don Barclay, who replaced Bakhtiari vs. the Raiders and took the first-team reps this week, will get the start. He’s started four games at right tackle this season and owns 22 starts in his four seasons but will be making his first NFL start at left tackle.

Shields wasn’t expected to play after not even being on the practice field on Wednesday or Thursday. For the second consecutive week, the Packers likely will go with rookies Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins on the outside and Casey Hayward in the slot. Randall and Rollins have had strong rookie seasons but will be tested to the max with MVP candidate Carson Palmer at quarterback throwing to Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown.

Tight end Justin Perillo (hamstring) was downgraded to out, as well.

Packers injury report
Player (Injury): Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Status.
LT David Bakhtiari (ankle): DNP, DNP, DNP. Doubtful.
RT Bryan Bulaga (ankle): Limited, Limited, Limited. Probable.
DT Mike Daniels (hamstring): DNP, Limited, Limited. Probable.
OLB Jayrone Elliott (quad): DNP, DNP, DNP. Out.
DT Letroy Guion (foot): DNP, DNP, Limited. Questionable.
RB Eddie Lacy (rib): Limited, Limited, Limited. Probable.
G T.J. Lang (shoulder): Limited, Limited, Limited. Probable.
C Corey Linsley (ankle): Full, Limited, Full. Probable.
LB Clay Matthews (ankle): Limited, Limited, Limited. Probable.
TE Justin Perillo (hamstring): Not listed, Limited, DNP. Out.
CB Quinten Rollins (groin): Full, Full, Full. Probable.
CB Sam Shields (concussion): DNP, DNP, DNP. Out.
G Josh Sitton (back): Limited, Limited, Limited. Probable.

Cardinals injury report
Player (Injury): Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Status.
RB Andre Ellington (toe): DNP, Limited, Limited. Questionable.
TE Jermaine Gresham (knee): Limited, Full, Full. Probable.
S Rashad Johnson (ankle): DNP, DNP, Limited. Questionable.
DT Josh Mauro (calf): DNP, DNP, DNP, Out.
QB Carson Palmer (right finger): Limited, Limited, Limited. Probable.
CB Patrick Peterson (ankle): Full, Full, Full. Probable.
CB Jerraud Powers (calf): Limited, Limited, Full. Probable.
DT Cody Redding (ankle): Limited, Limited, Limited. Questionable.
DT Frostee Rucker (ankle): Limited, Limited, Limited. Questionable.
C Lyle Sendlein (knee): Limited, Full, Full. Probable.
DT Ed Stinson (shoulder): Limited, Limited, Full. Probable.
LB Sean Weatherspoon (illness): DNP, Full, Full. Probable.

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