Packers confirm CB Sam Shields has been released

Sam Shields time in Green Bay has come to an end.

The cornerback posted on his Instagram account, “Sam Shields Released From The Green Bay Packers,” and among the hashtags under the message were #IWasGettingBetter, #StillMad, #AtleastLetMeRetireFromThePack, and #NoMoreFreezingWeather.

The Packers confirmed the release on Wednesday night.

An undrafted free agent out of Miami, Shields played seven years in Green Bay, including earning a Super Bowl ring his rookie year. The 29-year-old grabbed 18 interceptions in his career and was named to one Pro Bowl.

But he had missed more and more games in recent years, including 2016, when, in the season opener against Jacksonville, he suffered what is believed to have been at least his third concussion in his NFL career. Shields missed the rest of the season and still hadn’t made it through the league’s concussion protocol when coach Mike McCarthy held his end of the year press conference two weeks ago.

“I think we can all focus on Sam getting healthy,” McCarthy said. “Having a chance to visit with Sam in Atlanta (during the NFC title game) briefly, he needs to get healthy for himself and his family, and that’s the primary focus right now.”

Shields salary cap number on 2017 was $11.7 million. By cutting him, the Packers will reportedly save $8 million.

Packers beat writer expects team to release Sam Shields this offseason

GREEN BAY, Wis. — With a history of head injuries and the ability to save money next season, Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky fully expects Green Bay to release cornerback Sam Shields this offseason.

Demovsky (ESPN.com) cites the Packers’ ability to save $9 million towards the salary cap next season as one of the biggest reasons Green Bay will release Shields this offseason. Shields went down in week one against the Jaguars with his fourth documented NFL concussion, although the hit he delivered on the play didn’t appear to be anything too severe.

Shields landed on season-ending injured reserve prior to the team’s week seven game with the Chicago Bears. He hoped to return in time for the team’s final two games of the regular season. His absence has meant a shifting of positions in the secondary for guys like Micah Hyde, who moved from safety to cornerback. Green Bay recently added Bené Benwikere to the practice squad, a former draft pick of the Carolina Panthers. The Packers may further address the position in the draft if Demovsky’s assertion is correct.

Packers CB Sam Shields facing two misdemeanor drug charges

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields is facing a pair of misdemeanor drug possession charges.

In a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Brown County, Shields was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to WBAY in Green Bay, police went to Shield’s home in October to investigate alleged drug-related activity at the residence based on suspicious package being delivered there from Colorado, where marijuana is legal for recreational use.

Shields answered the door holding a cell phone and a “blunt.” Police then searched the home and allegedly found more drug related items.

Shields, who hasn’t played since the first week of the season due to a concussion, had his initial appearance Friday morning, and his attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. He’s due back in court on April 24 for a plea/sentencing hearing.

Abbrederis and Banjo land on IR

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Adding to the injury woes of the Green Bay Packers was news that receiver Jared Abbrederis and safety Chris Banjo were placed on injured reserve Monday evening.

Abbrederis was listed as injured with a thigh contusion while Banjo has been dealing with a hamstring issue. They join cornerback Sam Shields and running back Eddie Lacy on IR but NFL teams are only allowed to bring back one player from injured reserve after eight weeks on the list. That’ll likely be Shields, whose week one concussion ended up being more troublesome than they expected.

Replacing Abbrederis and Banjo on the active roster will be receiver Geronimo Allison and defensive back Jermaine Whitehead.

Packers place CB Sam Shields on injured reserve, eligible to return in 8 weeks

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields has missed the last five games due to a concussion. Based on his Instagram account, he’s about to miss at least another eight.

“I’m making great progress and hope to come back in 8 weeks and play this season,” Shields said. “I will make a full recovery within that time frame.”

The Packers confirmed the move of placing him on injured reserve, while also announcing the trade for running back Knile Davis.

Shields suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter of Green Bay’s win over Jacksonville, at least the fourth head injury he’s suffered in his six years in the NFL. Head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier on Tuesday that Shields had already been ruled out of this Thursday’s game with the Bears.

Injuries have decimated Green Bay’s cornerbacks this season. Along with Shields, second-year pro Damarious Randall missed one game with a groin injury and then had to leave Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys after re-injuring himself, while Quinten Rollins missed the Dallas game with a groin injury of his own. Neither guy practice on Tuesday.

The Packers host the Bears on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay will not have cornerback Sam Shields for a 3rd straight game

The Green Bay Packers will be without their top cornerback for a third straight game.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday morning that Sam Shields will not play against the New York Giants as he remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Shields hasn’t practiced since suffering a concussion in the fourth quarter of Green Bay’s win over Jacksonville on Sept. 11. It was his fourth head injury since coming into the league from Miami in 2010.

Reports have indicated that Shields is expected to be able to return to the field at some point this year, and that this latest setback won’t end his career.

Without Shields, the Packers have asked second-year cornerback Damarious Randall to ascend to the No. 1 role, and he’s struggled at times. Last year’s first-round pick was responsible for much of the damage done by Minnesota’s Stefon Diggs and Detroit’s Marvin Jones, each of whom went for more than 180 yards receiving in their matchups with Green Bay.

Things don’t get any easier for Randall and the other young members of the Packers secondary, as the Giants bring a talented trio of wide receivers to town this Sunday in the form of Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Sheppard.

Packers announce Shields will miss Sunday’s contest with Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — When the Green Bay Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night, they’ll do so without Pro Bowl cornerback Sam Shields.

Shields was entered into the NFL’s concussion protocol on Monday and missed the entire week of practice. He won’t be allowed to participate until he passes medical tests from both team and independent doctors. Shields suffered the head injury late in the win over the Jaguars, marking his fourth concussion of his NFL career.

Shields missed four games in 2015 because of a concussion, coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2014. The 28-year-old has never played all 16 games of the regular season during his six-year career, but was part of a group of defensive backs ranked as the third-best in the league in 2015 by Pro Football Focus.

Green Bay and Minnesota face off Sunday at 7:30 p.m. from the new US Bank Stadium.