Packers Place CB Sam Shields on IR; To Miss Until Week 15

Sam Shields

The Packers have decided that they are putting cornerback Sam Shields on injured reserve, as he hasn’t played in a game since suffering a concussion in the season opener against Jacksonville.

Shields’ symptoms have not subsided as the team originally anticipated, which is the reason for the move, one that hopefully will see him return late in the season.

“The plan for Sam is to get him healthy, No. 1,” coach Mike McCarthy said at his news conference Tuesday morning, prior to the injured reserve announcement.

“It’s going to be longer than we might have expected. Just going off the last conversation I’ve had with Sam, it’s just important to go one day at a time and make sure we get him healthy.”

The cornerback stated on Instagram that he will be out eight weeks, but is eligible to play again under the “designated to return” option each NFL team has.

The rules allow a team to bring one player back from injured reserve during the season provided he has sat out a minimum of eight weeks.

His time on injured reserve is not retroactive, so the soonest Shields would be eligible to play would be Week 15, but in the meantime, the Packers will continue to likely play Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins at the two corner positions.

SBGGlobal.eu have the Packers as favorites this week as they take on the Bears, a team that isn’t playing all that well, but it would be nice to see the defense help out the Pack’s struggling offense Thursday.

Concussions are nothing new to Shields, as he’s suffered five in his career and doctors want to ensure the 28-year-old is fully recovered from the latest head injury before he steps on the field.

Shield’s Instagram stated the following about his progress and return to the team: “I’m making great progress and hope to come back in 8 weeks and play this season,” Shields wrote on social media. “I will make a full recovery within that time frame #gopackgo”

“I think any time you’re dealing with concussions like in his situation,” defensive back Micah Hyde said, “one concussion, two concussions, 10 concussions, the knowledge we know about concussions now, it’s a serious situation and as many as he’s had we have to pray for him and hope everything is good.

“Him being my locker mate, I talk to him every day. Just fun to be around, great person on and off the field. It’s unfortunate but I know Sam, he’ll fight back. He’s a competitor. I wish him the best. He comes in all the time and still talks with us. It was good to have him around.”

Running Back Hurting Packers Make Deal with Chiefs for RB Knile Davis

Kansas City Chiefs v Pittsburgh Steelers

The Packers have had issues keeping their running backs on the field, and reports today are the team made a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs from the AFC West.

The team has dealt for Chiefs running back Knile Davis, a player who this season has minus-2 rushing yards on one attempt, and has caught two passes for 14 yards.

The Packers lost running back James Starks to knee surgery on Monday, and as of now he’s expected to miss about four weeks before he’ll be ready to get back on the field.

Eddie Lacy is the only healthy running back on the roster for the Packers, and they had to make a move knowing that he’s one hit away from being back on the sideline.

Lacy did have issues in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with his ankle, and ran for 65 yards on 17 attempts with a long rush of 25 yards.

The team is hoping that Davis, who likely split reps with practice-squad running back Don Jackson, can have some type of positive impact on an offense that has been stuck in the mud for just about the entire season.

According to BetNow.eu, the Packers are still nine-point favorites to beat the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, but a lot of that seems to be more due to the Bears incompetence than what the Packers have shown this season.

Right now the Packers are ranked 16th in the NFL with 528 rushing yards, but part of their lower rank also has to do with falling behind in games, which is when Aaron Rodgers has to try to get them back in the game passing, like this last Sunday against the Cowboys at home.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t all that sure who Davis was when he heard the news about the trade, but in the end knows that Davis is hopefully a player that can assist on a roster void of running back depth.

“It’s obviously a big challenge when you’re on a short week, but he’s definitely a talented young player,” McCarthy added. “Obviously had a chance to compete against him and see him play live in the preseason game, and he had a lot of production that night. So just looking forward to getting him into the mix and get going.”

Packers RB James Starks Has Surgery on Injured Knee

New York Giants v Green Bay Packers

Packers running back James Starks underwent surgery Sunday for a minor clean up on his injured knee, making it a long shot that he’ll be able to play Thursday night, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

“I would say Pat — Dr. McKenzie — felt very good about the surgery,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Personally, I haven’t talked to James yet, so I can’t really give you a timeline. But they feel it’s something quick, so it’ll definitely be on the front end of whatever the prognosis is.”

Packers Can’t Shut Down Cowboys; Fall at Home 30-16 to Drop to 3-2

Dallas Cowboys v Green Bay Packers

Rookie Dak Prescott is stating an impressive case to remain the starting quarterback of the Cowboys.

He’s off to quite the start in his NFL career after taking over following veteran Tony Romo’s preseason back injury.

Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys forced four turnovers in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers and their dysfunctional offense Sunday.

Prescott was 18 of 27 and shook off two fumbles and an interception to lead the Cowboys (5-1) to their fifth straight win.

“You just couldn’t ask for more inspiration from a player because everybody on this team knows what a difficult position that is to play,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

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McCarthy Tired of Talking About Those Not Happy With the Packers Offense

New York Giants v Green Bay Packers

Packers coach Mike McCarthy is fed up with those fretting over the team’s offense, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

“You know, we had 400 yards of offense, so I don’t know why the hell I’ve got to come in here and answer questions about the things you think that went wrong,” McCarthy said in his Wednesday news conference after being asked back-to-back questions about offensive issues.

Maybe the fact the Packers managed only 23 points against a Giants defense that was playing much of the game with an undrafted rookie at one starting cornerback position and a practice squad player at one starting safety position has something to do with it.

Or the fact that quarterback Aaron Rodgers posted a 65.0 passer rating, receiver Jordy Nelson dropped a couple of passes, tight end Richard Rodgers was a non-factor, the screen game was absent and there were only three passing plays of 20 or more yards.

Or the fact, the Packers rank 25th in total offense, 31st in completion percentage and 19th in passer rating after one quarter of the season.

McCarthy acknowledged that the passing game isn’t up to par, but he said a change in approach against the Giants to less no-huddle offense and more rotation with the receivers and tight ends may have affected continuity.

He wouldn’t say that he planned to continue the approach of getting receivers Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis and Ty Montgomery more playing time would continue. But he has it in his pocket after going the first three games with Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams receiving the vast majority of receiver snaps.

“At the end of the day, we’re trying to play more players in the perimeter group,” McCarthy said. “Last week was our first real attempt at that, so we’ll see how this week shakes out with game-planning.

“But we need to spend a little more time on the passing game then we’ve had in the past and we’re doing that particularly in our meeting structure.”

McCarthy insists no one with the Packers is satisfied with what has occurred so far. He doesn’t think they need the outside world to point out where they could be better.

“It’s a group of men that really operate with a lot of accountability,” McCarthy said. “They do it publicly and I know they definitely do it privately. So this is a process. This is a long year. we’ve done some good things throughout our football team, but we’re well aware of not only why we’re doing things but how we’re doing things and what we need to do to get better.”

Packers RB Eddie Lacy Doesn’t Practice, Week Six Status Up in the Air

Eddie Lacy

Packers running back Eddie Lacy is not practicing on Wednesday and his availability for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys is uncertain according to Wes Hodkiewicz of packers.com.

Lacy suffered an ankle sprain in the second half of the team’s Monday night win over the New York Giants and did not return to the game. The injury is not believed to be serious but we would gauge the chances of Lacy playing in Week 6 as less than 50/50.

Lacy was running well before the injury, having gained 81 yards against a tough Giants rush defense, and at this point it does not appear to be a multi-week problem.

The Packers will be cautious as ankle sprains can linger but they need Lacy back as soon as possible-backup RB James Starks has averaged a woeful 1.8 yards per carry in 2016.

Cowboys at Packers NFL Week Six Capsule

DALLAS COWBOYS (4-1) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  COWBOYS PACKERS
SERIES LEADER   14-12
STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jason Garrett: 0-3 Mike McCarthy: 4-2
LAST WEEK W 28-14 vs. Cincinnati W 23-16 vs. New York Giants
LAST GAME 12/13/15: Cowboys 7 at Packers 28. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passes for 218 yards & 2 TDs. Packers RBs Eddie Lacy & James Starks combine for 195 rushing yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/13/15
REFEREE Brad Allen
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Dal), 82 (GB). XM: 2226 (Dal), 82 (GB).

STATS

PASSING Dak Prescott (R): 107-155-1239-4-0-101.5 Aaron Rodgers: 78-139-876-9-3-87.7
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott (R): 109-546 (1L)-5.0-5 (T3L) Eddie Lacy: 54-295-5.5-0
RECEIVING Cole Beasley: 27-332-12.3-1 Jordy Nelson: 21-244-11.6-5 (T1L)
OFFENSE 397.0 (2L) 321.8
TAKE/GIVE +2 -1
DEFENSE 355.6 317.3
SACKS Tyrone Crawford, Benson Mayowa: 2 Nick Perry: 4.5
INTs 3 Tied: 1 Damarious Randall, Joe Thomas: 1
PUNTING Chris Jones: 49.1 Jacob Schum: 40.4
KICKING Dan Bailey: 39 (15/15 PAT; 8/10 FG) Mason Crosby: 32 (11/11 PAT; 7/7 FG)

NOTES

COWBOYS: 1st team in NFL history with rookie QB with 1,000+ pass yards (DAK PRESCOTT, 1,239) & rookie RB with 500+ rush yards (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, 546) in 1st 5 games of season…QB Prescott passed for 227 yards & TD with rush TD in Week 5…RB Elliott rushed for 134 yards & 2 TDs last week. RB ALFRED MORRIS rushed for 107 yards in only meeting (9/15/13 with Was.)…WR COLE BEASLEY had TD catch last week. TE JASON WITTEN had TD catch in 12/15/13 meeting…DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had sack in last meeting. DT TERRELL MC CLAIN had career-high 1.5 sacks last week. DE BENSON MAYOWA had sack in Week 5. Had FF in last meeting. LB SEAN LEE leads team with 45 tackles. Has 10+ tackles in 8 of past 10. Rookie CB ANTHONY BROWN had career-high 6 tackles last week. S BARRY CHURCH aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with 11+ tackles. Has 7+ tackles in 8 of past 9…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS has 7 TDs & 0 INTs for 100.8 rating in 5 career meetings. Has 109.2 rating at home, highest in NFL history (min. 500 ATT). RB EDDIE LACY averaging 132.5 rush yards per game in 2 career meetings with 2 TDs. RB JAMES STARKS had 103 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 32 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting…WR DAVANTE ADAMS aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. WR RANDALL COBB had 8 catches for 81 yards in last meeting. Had 9 receptions for 108 yards last week. WR JORDY NELSON aims for 5th in row with TD catch. Had TD in his last game vs. Dal (12/15/13)…DT MIKE DANIELS had sack in last meeting (12/15/13). LB JAYRONE ELLIOTT had sack in last meeting. LB KYLER FACKRELL had sack & FF last week. LB CLAY MATTHEWS aims for 5th in row with sack. Has 3.5 sacks & 62-yard INT-TD in 4 career meetings. LB NICK PERRY has 3 sacks in past 2 at home. LB JAKE RYAN aims for 6th in row with 6+ tackles. CB SAM SHIELDS has INT in all 3 career meetings. S MICAH HYDE had sack in Week 5.

Packers TE Jared Cook Gets a ‘Special’ Chicken Wing From BW-3

Jared Cook

I (like many of our readers) love wings, and love BW-3, but the following tweet from Packers TE Jared Cook may make you think twice about visiting the establishment anytime in the near future.

Check out what happened to Cook when he went to a local BW-3 this past week.

Here’s hoping that BW-3 came up shooting with free wings for life for the entire Packers team after this little turn of events.