Packers Continue To Make Changes By Releasing Sam Shields
The Green Bay Packers' roster is undergoing changes and the most recent victim is Sam Shields. On Wednesday, the team made his release official through an announcement on their website. Letting go of the cornerback was expected after he missed almost the entire 2016 season because of a concussion.
For the 2015 season, Shields sat out Green Bay's last three regular season games due to a concussion. It got worse during the following season as he sustained the same injury, which only allowed him to see action in the Packers' opener versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to ESPN, the concussion Shields suffered in the 2016 season was already the fourth of his career. Despite the reoccuring injury, he plans to continue playing and expressed his thoughts when he was with the Packers in Atlanta ahead of this year's NFC Championship Game.
"I'm thinking it's not over. I've still got more in me. But like I said, I'm going through this, what I've got to go through. Just take it one day at a time," Shields explained. He added that his love for the game is the main reason why retiring is an unlikely option, but he is taking things slowly.
Shields joined the Packers as an undrafted rookie seven years ago. He had a lot of great moments in Green Bay and contributed to the organization's successful Super Bowl run in 2010, his first year with the team. In 2014, the 29-year-old got selected to his first and only Pro Bowl.
The release of Shields is the second significant move for the Packers this off-season. Before Shields, they also parted ways with longtime running back James Starks. Both of them missed time in 2016 because of concussions. However, Starks acquired the injury off the field as he was involved in a car accident back in December.
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