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Post-practice update: Shields suffers setback

Nov. 21, 2012
 
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) is congratulated by his teammates after making an interception during Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in Houston, on Oct. 14, 2012. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) is congratulated by his teammates after making an interception during Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in Houston, on Oct. 14, 2012. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

A few injury updates: CB Sam Shields (ankle) already has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, but Clay Matthews (hamstring) has not been completely ruled out. Here’s coach Mike McCarthy in his post-practice news conference on:

* Shields: “Sam’s had a setback, it’s going to be a couple of weeks. It’s a little more serious injury than we anticipated. It’s still his ankle.

* Matthews: “I would say Clay is doubtful.”

* Jennings: “Greg went through the rehab segment, we’ll see where he is tomorrow. It will be a stretch for him to be ready.”

* Zombo: “I thought Frank played well in his opportunities last week. It’s great to have him back.

* Fast start vs. Giants: “Very good football team. Anytime you go on the road you’d like to get off to a fast start.”

* Defensive improvement: “Our defense is getting better week to week, a product of some younger players playing the same positions every day. Not as much movement. I feel very good about the continuity, consistency. We’re tackling well, doing the little things well.”

* Giants D-line: “The defensive line is very talented. Both sides of the ball, they have excellent size, athletic ability, a lot of length. They have a very good rotation, they’re able to keep their guys fresh.”

* Rivalry with the Giants: “They’re a good team. I enjoy playing against them. Lot of respect for Tom Coughlin. … I think his teams play to his personality — very disciplined. It’s always a tough game, definitely one we’re looking forward to playing them.”

* Going back to watch the playoff loss to the NYG: “Watching the playoff game, it wasn’t fun. I think that’s obvious, but it’s part of our preparation for the week. A lot of the same players played in that game, played in the regular-season game. … We all understand how the season ended, but we’re focused on 8-3.”

* Use that tape any more than usual: “When you’re playing the Giants, we played them twice last year, there are two games that we’ll obviously look at. Same thing with the Detroit Lions.”

* Five game winning streak more important than first place: “I care how we’re playing, that we’re winning games and the ability to improve. I see a team that has a chance to be really good in all three areas this year.

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