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Shields says he's ready -- again

Dec 05, 2012 -- 11:42pm
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Sam Shields thought he'd be back from his ankle injury by now.

GREEN BAY – Sam Shields says he’s ready for action. And if you feel like you’ve heard that before from the Green Bay Packers cornerback, well, you have.

In the days before the team’s last meeting with the Detroit Lions, Shields said he was 90 percent healthy and that he expected to play against the New York Giants on Nov. 25. Instead, he missed that game and last week’s game against Minnesota after coach Mike McCarthy said he’d suffered a “setback,” which Shields said wasn’t entirely the case.

Now, after practicing on a limited basis again on Wednesday, Shields – out since suffering a high-ankle sprain Oct. 14 at Houston – is ready to go. Again.

“(I’m) 100 percent. I’m ready to roll. I’m ready,” he said after practice. “It feels like I’ve been out for a year now. I’m just happy to be back out there.

“I’ll be out there (Sunday).”

While he’s been sidelined, Shields has watched both rookie Casey Hayward and second-year man Davon House start in his place, and both have played well while serving as the team’s No. 2 and 3 cornerbacks along with top corner Tramon Williams. If cleared to play Sunday night against the Lions at Lambeau Field, Shields isn’t sure what his role will be.

“I don’t really think about that. They’ve been doing a hell of a job,” Shields said. “Whatever they tell me to do, be ready – ready for that opportunity.

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