Shields (concussion) was released by the Packers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. 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.
According to head coach Mike McCarthy, Shields has not yet passed the league's concussion protocol, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. 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 http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2017/01/13/shields-charged-marijuana-possession/96535024/">legal trouble, have Shields' future with the Packers and football in general in serious jeopardy.
Shields (concussion) admitted he's still experiencing concussion symptoms, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. 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.
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. 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.
Shields (concussion) won't be activated from injured reserve before the end of the season, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. 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."