GREEN BAY – Sam Shields’ ankle injury is worse than first thought. Whether he suffered an actual setback or not is open to debate apparently, but this much is not: The Green Bay Packers third-year cornerback will not play in Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled Shields out Wednesday, less than a week after he returned to practice on a limited basis from the injury, which he suffered on Oct. 14 at Houston.
“Sam’s had a setback and it’s going be a couple weeks. So, he’s not making the improvement that we hoped. It’s a little more serious injury than we anticipated,” McCarthy said after practice. Asked what happened to Shields, McCarthy replied, “It’s a more serious injury than we anticipated with his ankle. It’s still his ankle.”
Last week, Shields was working with the scout team as a wide receiver and said he thought he was “a good 90” percent healthy and intimated that he’d play against the Giants.
Now, that’s not happening. Shields insisted in the locker room Wednesday that he had not reinjured his ankle at any point.
“I’m still 90 percent,” Shields said. “Like (McCarthy) said, it’s a setback. It’s still my ankle. I thought I was ready, but I’m not. I didn’t do anything (to reinjure the ankle). I’m just not ready.
“Coach, he says it’s a setback. I think it’s the same thing. I just have to keep continuing to do rehab and keep going day-by-day.”
Asked about McCarthy saying he’d be out “a couple weeks,” Shields replied: “I don’t know. We’re just going day-by-day right now, week-by-week. I don’t know.”
Shields said he had no intention of seeking a second opinion or seeing a specialist about his ankle.
“It ain’t that serious,” Shields said when asked about consulting another doctor. “All I can do is keep doing what I’ve been doing.”
Shields was playing extremely well at the time of his injury – he had an interception against the Texans – but since he went out, both rookie second-round pick Casey Hayward, who took over as the starter, and second-year man Davon House, who is serving as the nickel back, have played very well. Whenever Shields returns, the Packers will have a good problem to have, figuring out how to use all three of them.
“It’s frustrating, but things like that I just have to keep my mind positive and keep getting rehab and try to get better, and get back out on the field, and get ready for the stretch down the road,” Shields said. “Like we preach all the time, if somebody goes down, somebody else has to step up. Those guys have been doing a hell of a job. House is covering his butt off and (so is) Casey. When somebody goes down, they have to be ready and that’s what they’re doing.
“I don’t know when I’ll actually be out there, but I’m taking it one day at a time.”
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