Packers' rookie WRs positioned to make late-season impact, 5 things we've learned about the Packers at the bye week, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. I knew right then that Sam Shields was gonna be back. And in today’s game, you are seeing the effects publicized much more and players taking actions much quicker. Did he retire? More troubling, Williams said, is a pattern that develops with each subsequent brain injury. There is no hurry, but the threat to Shields’ career becomes more ominous as time passes. Allison’s time in Green Bay overlapped with Shields' only briefly as a rookie in 2016. I don’t know if I would have ever made it in this league. The Sarasota police conducted a search of Shields' grandmother's house after it was suspected drugs were being sold from the residence. I was only down for a second, and honestly, when I got up, I felt O.K. 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. CB Shields returning to NFL with Rams contract, Bucs activate AB, will play Sun. “I just can’t! This was before they had the little blue tent on the sidelines, so they took me into the training room to check me out. I went home and sat by myself in the dark. Shields (concussion) admitted he's still experiencing concussion symptoms, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Why come back? 2 corner, Kayvon Webster, is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered in December, and there isn't much depth behind him. Shields, 30, didn't play last season after the Packers released him in February. Shields hasn't practiced or played since suffering a concussion against the Jaguars in Week 1. It was a long process. He was arrested, booked into Sarasota County Jail, and was released on his own recognizance the next day. [22] He also served as a kick returner and had 21 kick returns for 452-yards (21.5 YPR). “I’m baaaaack,” I told him. “I know the last time I saw Sam was the 2016 NFC Championship game, and he was still recovering. “I had no doubt that he can come back,” Williams said, adding he had multiple conversations with Shields during his recovery, with his former teammate seeking advice. Shields made his first career sack on quarterback Jake Locker for an eight-yard loss in the fourth quarter. The Rams went on to win in overtime 26-23 to advance to Super Bowl LIII where they lost 13-3 to the New England Patriots. Now that Shields is back, Rodgers said he isn’t surprised to see him play well after two years away from the game. I was rolling around in my bed, whipping my body back and forth, trying to escape the pounding inside my head. [11], On March 18, 2010, Shields was arrested in Sarasota, Florida for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Shields (concussion) was released by the Packers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Williams, who has been diagnosed with one concussion in his career, said each player has to make his own choice when to walk away from the game permanently because of head injuries. Two teams showed interest in working me out: the Browns and the Rams. I can just take one day at a time and try to keep conditioning to get myself ready for whatever, March or April, whatever team picks me up so I can be ready to go," Shields explained. And the way we prepare and the way we show up on Sundays … this team we got right here? 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 Rams traded for All-Pro Marcus Peters in February, and a week later traded for Aqib Talib on the same day they signed Shields. ABOUT. In the game, Shields had four catches for 101 yards and caught a 78-yard touchdown pass to win the game. How we got here, and what's next, O'Connor: The Patriots miss Tom Brady more every Sunday. It would pass. They be thinking soup can fix anything. There had been moments when I thought I was 100% done with football. Which raises the question: When do you put your health ahead of your bank account? He has been an asset for the Rams. “Other than Nick Collins,” Rodgers said, “he’s the fastest guy I’ve seen on the field, and I’d love to see those guys race in their prime. He played college football at the University of Miami. Shields, 30, … I sat on the training table, closed my eyes as hard as I could, put my head in my hands and started rubbing and squeezing it to try and stop the pain.Then I just started crying — I mean sobbing like a little baby.I looked up at the trainers, like, What the f*** is wrong with me? It was three o’clock in the morning on some night in January 2017. I felt like I had to get out of Green Bay, so I went home to Sarasota to be with my family and my three daughters. You have to wonder if Ted Thompson made the moves he did in the 2014 NFL Draft with the knowledge of this. Shields was held out of New Orleans' practice Thursday and Friday after coming down with an illness, and his Week 9 status appears to legitimately be in question. No one would fault him for walking away. However, he may have just tallied up the same amount of concussions as the both of them. I had some good days and some bad. Post navigation ← Report: Dolphins reportedly discussing releasing Ndamukong Suh. Shields dealt with chronic headaches in the aftermath of his fifth documented concussion he suffered in Week 1 of the 2016 season. They just put me on IR, then I didn’t hear much from until they cut me loose. About my parents, who had stuck by me through everything. He recorded 37 receptions, the most by a Miami true freshman since Reggie Wayne in 1997. You’re gonna stay. And we can fix it. I was an undrafted guy who had only been playing corner for one year — I switched over from receiver before my senior year at Miami — and I was having a … Slow to get up, Shields eventually jogged off the field with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter. They told me right off the bat that they were about to trade for Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, so they’d be pretty stacked at corner. It was just a lot. Receiver Geronimo Allison said he doesn’t expect the Rams to match, but if they do he’ll likely get the most snaps against Shields. No, he shared freely. Sam Shields. On September 24, 2012, Shields recorded two combined tackles and a pass deflection in the Green Bay Packers 14–12 loss at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. He won Super Bowl XLV with the team over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But I never turned in my retirement papers because I didn’t want to make that kind of a decision while I was in such a crazy state of mind. On April 14, 2010, Shield's charge of possession of marijuana was dropped. I’m about to tell you some real shit. They kept giving me this test over and over, and I just couldn’t remember the f***ing shape, man. I thought about my daughters and how they had their dad back. I forget which one. But with the advantage of that veteran wisdom. And I thought, Maybe it’s not over for me. So the fact that they just cut me loose like that … I don’t know. Sam Shields remained with the team until in 2018 when he joined the Los Angeles Rams. Learn how your comment data is processed. Just last year, former Wisconsin Badger Chris Borland retired at age 24 because of concussions. 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. [1] During his first start against Louisville, he caught three passes for 63 yards including a reception for 49 yards. GREEN BAY - There was a time one of Sam Shields’ closest friends, a teammate in Green Bay for five seasons and through all kinds of ups and downs, thought the former Packers cornerback should retire. Courtesy of Sam Shields. But the main thing I learned was that what I had been doing — staying at home all day in the dark and just waiting for my head to get right on its own — was the worst thing I could have possibly done. “It’s associated with having more symptoms if you have a future concussion. And I don’t know if he said something to the other guys or what, but one day at practice I was over with all the DBs — Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Jarrett Bush and the rest of the vets — and they were like, “Hey, man, we got you. Shields, who was with the Green Bay Packers for seven seasons, was released in February of 2017. About a month later, the Packers put me on IR. [5] He was also named a selection to the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team. In the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints with the Rams down 13-0 early in the second quarter, the Rams did a fake punt and Shields caught the ball from Johnny Hekker for 12 yards to help the Rams get their first score of the game. [21] On December 12, 2010, Shields collected a season-high six solo tackles in the Packers' 7–3 loss at the Detroit Lions. It’s been a good one. Your email address will not be published. What can the Buccaneers expect from Antonio Brown? All I could do was wait. The Green Bay Packers ruled Shields out of Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings and will keep a close eye on him during the week. If not, expect Nickell Robey-Coleman and Troy Hill to see upticks in defensive snaps. Right now, I’m just riding the wave. [24] Shields injured his shoulder in the second quarter and had difficulty covering receivers due to his limited mobility. 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