Packers CB Sam Shields Remains in Concussion Protocol

Sam Shields was one of six players who didn't practice on Wednesday. Shields' presence would be critical for Sunday's playoff game against the Washington Redskins, who led the NFL in scoring the past three weeks.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields remains in the concussion protocol, coach Mike McCarthy said before Wednesday’s practice.

Shields was one of six players who did not practice on Wednesday. Left tackle David Bakhtiari (ankle), left guard Josh Sitton (back), tight end Justin Perillo (hamstring), outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (quad) and defensive end Datone Jones (neck) were the others. In all, a season-high 17 players were on the injury report, including all five members of the starting offensive line plus backup guard Lane Taylor.

Shields suffered the concussion during the second quarter against Dallas on Dec. 13 and missed the last three regular-season games. He was a limited participant at practice last week, going through ball drills and honing his press-coverage technique against a sled during the portions of practice open to reporters. However, he’s been unable to progress through the rest of the concussion protocol. That he didn't practice at all on Wednesday can't be a good sign.

“That's why the protocol is in place,” McCarthy said. “Every injury is different. Every concussion is different. We're obviously not going to jeopardize Sam or anybody.”

Shields’ presence will be critical against the high-flying Redskins. While Washington finished the season ranked 10th in scoring and 11th in passing yards, they led the NFL in scoring and quarterback Kirk Cousins led the NFL in passer rating during the final three regular-season games.

Another player who the Packers would love to get back into the lineup is Bakhtiari, who missed the final two games with an injured ankle. McCarthy was hopeful that Bakhtiari could do some work during individual periods but he was not present during the portion of practice open to reporters.

During Bakhtiari’s absence, the Packers lost both games – scoring 21 points while allowing 14 sacks. His replacements, Don Barclay vs. Arizona and Josh Sitton vs. Minnesota, allowed sacks that turned into fumbles that were returned for touchdowns. Last week, Bakhtiari went through a pregame workout but didn’t get clearance. Sitton, a Pro Bowler at left guard, played relatively well but allowed a pair of sacks, including the key strip by Everson Griffen.

“We’ll let that be determined this week,” McCarthy said on how he’d proceed if Bakhtiari can’t play, “but, I agree, Josh is a guard. We tried something and I thought it was effective for the most part. That’s not the way you intend the game to go. When it does go that way, obviously, the left tackle position is stressed.”

Everybody on the Washington roster practiced on Wednesday.

Packers Injury Report
Player (Injury): Wednesday
T David Bakhtiari (Ankle): DNP
T Bryan Bulaga (Ankle): Limited
DT Mike Daniels (Hamstring): Limited
LB Jayrone Elliott (Quad): DNP
DT Letroy Guion (Foot): Limited
DE Datone Jones (Neck): DNP
RB Eddie Lacy (Rib): Limited
G T.J. Lang (Neck): Limited
C Corey Linsley (Ankle): Limited
LB Clay Matthews (Ankle): Full
LB Andy Mulumba (Knee) Full
LB Mike Neal (Hip): Limited
TE Justin Perillo (Hamstring): DNP
LB Nick Perry (Shoulder): Limited
CB Sam Shields (Concussion): DNP
G Josh Sitton (Back): DNP
G Lane Taylor (Knee): Limited

Redskins Injury Report
Player (Injury): Wednesday
CB Quinton Dunbar (Quad): Limited
S Dashon Goldson (Shoulder/Rib): Limited
DE Jason Hatcher (Neck/Knee): Limited
WR DeSean Jackson (Knee): Full
S Jeron Johnson (Chest): Full
RB Matt Jones (Hip): Limited
CB Dashaun Phillips (Neck): Full
LB Perry Riley (Foot): Limited
RB Chris Thompson (Toe): Full
T Trent Williams (Knee): Full


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