Shields, Bakhtiari questionable vs. Vikings
Five Green Bay Packers starters are listed as questionable entering Sunday’s NFC North title game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Nose tackle B.J. Raji and cornerback Sam Shields are among them. Neither have passed their concussion protocol, though both have practiced on a limited basis this week. Packers coach Mike McCarthy could not indicate whether he expects Raji or Shields to play Sunday.
“We’re talking about the protocol,” McCarthy said. “So you’re either in it, or you’re out of it. I don’t really waver an opinion or try to project when a player is still in the protocol. So they’re both going through different phases of it. They’re not out of it yet.”
Left tackle David Bakhtiari (ankle), defensive tackle Mike Daniels (groin) and outside linebacker Mike Neal (hip) were also listed as questionable. Backup outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (quadriceps) was ruled out and will miss his second straight game.
Bakhtiari has not practiced this week, but he was listed as limited on the Packers’ injury report Friday. McCarthy said Bakhtiari could practice Saturday or “for sure” Sunday.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) was listed as probable. Bulaga has practiced this week after leaving Sunday’s game at the Arizona Cardinals with an injury.