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Shields suffered concussion vs. Rams

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed at his press conference today that cornerback Sam Shields suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. Shields will go through the normal testing process mandated by the NFL regarding concussions. Shields was attempting to run back an interception from the end zone when he was blindsided by a tackle. McCarthy said Shields learned a lesson on the field that when you have the football in your hands you have to make proper decisions. McCarthy said he doesn't want his players taking unnecessary hits and exposing themselves to injuries. Other highlights from McCarthy's press conference this afternoon: *Frank Zombo hyperextended his knee. Will know more on Wednesday. He played with it. *Wind factored in game. Watching it live you could see ball was moving, it was a swirling wind. Thought Rodgers did good job throwing with velocity. *Anytime you are in this situation as defense, you prepare for both Vikings QBs: (Ponder and McNabb). That will be part of our preparation. We'll be prepared either way. *Morgan Burnett played extremely well, Game ball consideration. Won big hit award. He played well. He missed tackle early in game, but after that he settled in and played well. *Game ball awards: A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop on defense. Rodgers on offense. Mason Crosby on special teams. *Hawk very fundamentally sound. Bishop extremely active. Those players had close to 20 overall tackles. Bishop very instinctive player. *I did not see Hawk's gesture. We had a short conversation about it. He addressed it yesterday. He was joking, he said. I'm not going to explain his sense of humor. *We're trying to be unbeaten in 2nd quarter of season. That is message to football team. Went through positives we've been able to build off in first six games, and some of things we need to improve on. There are things we must improve on. We need to tackle better. Some fundamental things we need to improve on. *Metrodome is one of loudest venues we play in. Vikings are different team there than on natural grass. A lot of added salt to this one. *We're more mature team this year than last year. We're not overlooking Vikings, I can promise you that. Always competitive in Metrodome. We've played well there in past. Our fans show up. Louder they yell, louder Vikings fans yell. *You can't lose sight of reality. It's about winning. We're 6 for 6 in that area. Improving quality of play is something we need to improve on. Like our padded practice last Thursday. Padded work so important to fundamentals. *Post-game handshakes: There's a respect that goes with this game of football. I'm not going to judge other people. Things do happen. Important to handle it appropriately. *Good to get Bulaga back. Thought he played very well. Newhouse graded out well too. Like to line up with five guys week in and week out. Starts with continuity of offensive line. That's a group that builds and solidifies during course of the year. Tribute to Newhouse, being able to go from right to left. *Mike Neal: I was told his workouts were going well. Were hopeful it would be somewhere around the bye. Did not talk to medical staff about Neal today. He won't play this week.

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