Green Bay Packers’ cornerback Sam Shields got a concussion in Week One, and he hasn’t played since. That won’t change this week, as he’s been ruled out yet again.
The Packers haven’t said exactly how serious this is, but it’s certainly taking long than the normal one-to-two week return time. After Garafolo posted the Tweet above, he went on to say:
“Reading between the lines of what McCarthy said, sounds pretty significant and troubling.”
There have been questions about the severity the entire time. Back when the injury first happened, it was noted that it wasn’t a typical concussion-inducing play – like a helmet-to-helmet hit. Shields’ helmet simply struck RB TJ Yeldon’s shoulder. That’s a pretty standard tackle. While football is always violent, there are hundreds of tackles like that every week that don’t put players in the concussion protocol.
At that time, before we even knew it was going to last for months, Dr. Vernon Williams – he works at the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology – said:
“If we see a pattern where each concussion takes longer to get better, the symptoms are more severe, or if we see a pattern where a person is more and more easily concussed. Like, if the first time it takes a big blow, an 80-G impact, a kickoff return where a person gets blown up and everybody in the stadium notices it. And then before long, there’s just kind of a routine hit, or a routine fall to the ground, and the person is concussed. If we see a pattern where it’s happening more and more easily, that’s concerning.”
Update: Shields is now headed to IR.