Cornerback Sam Shields continues to develop as a second year player in Green Bay, but his gutsy effort to return an interception yesterday may have been a little ambitious.
When defending St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander in the third quarter on Sunday, Shields managed to read one of Sam Bradford’s more ugly throws of the day, recording a back shoulder interception in the endzone.
The play was well timed, up until Shields tried to do the impossible, running across the endzone searching for a gap in the defense. And when that failed, Shields was smacked hard in the face.
On one hand, Shields managed to halt any of the Rams offensive momentum which was slowly building. On the other, he received a silly concussion that looks likely to rule him out of next weekend’s rivalry clash against the Minnesota Vikings.
For the Packers, every precautionary measure will be taken this week to ensure Shields’ health. Given the NFL’s strict rules on concussed players though, no one knows for sure whether or not Shields will be able to start this Sunday.
It may appear that some of the Packers other young defenders have an issue with trying to play superman this season. Two weeks ago against the Atlanta Falcons, fellow cornerback Jarret Bush recorded the game winning pick against Matt Ryan, only to risk a fumble by attempting a return with 44-seconds left on the clock.
To make matters worse, the Packers thin secondary can’t afford to be risking injuries at this stage of the season.
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