OUTSam Shields
DB FA
3 months ago

Shields will face a two-week suspension if he returns to the NFL, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

This suspension is likely stemmed from a drug charge he faced in January. Shields has already said he doesn't plan to return until the 2018 season because of the trouble he's had with concussions. Even with his lockdown abilities at cornerback, the baggage that is now with Shields could make him an unappealing free agent once he feels he's ready for a return to the league.

OUTSam Shields
DB FA
5 months ago1 Comment

Shields (concussion) is looking to return to the NFL in 2018, Brian Jones of 247Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shields suffered the fifth concussion of his career in Week 1 of last season and remained under the league protocol for head injuries through the end of the season before parting ways with Green Bay in February. It isn't clear if he's still dealing with symptoms, but the fact he's aiming to return in 2018 -- and not 2017 -- suggests he still is. The Miami (Fl.) product racked up 18 interceptions and 67 PBUs in 80 career games with the Packers and could be an interesting option on the free-agent market next offseason if he's able to prove that his latest round of head issues is behind him.

OUTSam Shields
DB FA
9 months ago

Shields (concussion) was released by the Packers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shields was the first to relay the news of his release via his personal Instagram account, but the transaction had been widely anticipated for a while, as the cornerback is still recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 1 of the season. With Shields' long-term health a significant question mark and the 29-year-old due $8 million and a $500,000 workout bonus for 2017, it was an easy decision for the Packers to make him a cap casualty. Shields has stated that he wants to keep playing, but given his history with concussions, it's unclear if he'll latch on with another team.

OUTSam Shields
DB FA
10 months ago

According to head coach Mike McCarthy, Shields has not yet passed the league's concussion protocol, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shields suffered a concussion, the fifth of his career, in Week 1 and did not play the rest of the season. His storied past of head injuries, along with <a href=">http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2017/01/13/shields-charged-marijuana-possession/96535024/">legal trouble</a>, have Shields' future with the Packers and football in general in serious jeopardy.

OUTSam Shields
DB FA
10 months ago

Shields (concussion) admitted he's still experiencing concussion symptoms, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shields appeared in just one game this season after sustaining a concussion in the season opener. While he stated he hasn't given up on playing football again, the fact he's still experiencing symptoms suggests this injury could threaten his career. Look for further updates on his health throughout the offseason.

OUTSam Shields
DB FA
10 months ago

Shields (concussion) was charged this week with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a court case stemming from an Oct. 19 incident, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shield has been on injured reserve since suffering the fifth known concussion of his career in Week 1 of this season. While that has left him unavailable, and likely contemplating retirement, Shields was found with marijuana and drug paraphernalia during an October search of his home on suspicions of drug related activity, WBAY.com reports. Since Shields is involved in an ongoing legal issue, the Packers have refrained from commenting on his situation, but the cornerback is now scheduled for an April 24 plea/sentencing hearing.

OUTSam Shields
DB FA
12 months ago

Shields (concussion) won't be activated from injured reserve before the end of the season, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tending to the fifth known concussion of his career, Shields wasn't a prime candidate to make another appearance this season, but head coach Mike McCarthy made it official Wednesday, when rookie cornerback Makinton Dorleant (hamstring) was tabbed as the one Packer on IR to attempt a return. McCarthy also noted that Shields will use the upcoming weeks and months to determine whether retirement is the best option. "Sam needs to get healthy for himself and family," McCarthy said. "That's what the focus is with Sam right now."

OUTSam Shields
DB FA
1 year ago

The Packers placed Shields (concussion) on injured reserve Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Shields has not definitively been ruled out for the season, but he will be out at least eight more weeks, so he will not be eligible to play again until Week 14 at the earliest. This is the fifth concussion Shields has suffered in his career, so the Packers will continue proceeding with caution, and it should not come as a surprise if he is unable to return this season.

OUTSam Shields
DB FA
1 year ago

Shields (concussion) is listed as out for Sunday's contest against the Cowboys, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shields hasn't practiced or played since suffering a concussion against the Jaguars in Week 1. He has reportedly been making progress and could return as soon as next week, though he's not been given a timetable for return.

OUTSam Shields
DB FA
1 year ago

Shields (concussion) will not practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Shields is apparently making progress in the concussion protocol, but for now he remains sidelined with the concussion symptoms that have plagued him since Week 1.