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Packers injuries: James Jones is 50/50; Sam Shields toes the line


James Jones back on the field would be a good thing for the Green Bay Packers. Brian Jopek photograph

James Jones back on the field would be a good thing for the Green Bay Packers.
Brian Jopek photograph

The good news is that James Jones might play, but the concerning news is that Sam Shields is having toe problems. 

Just the possibility that Jones might play – he says he’s 50/50 is good news.

Remember when Jones went out nearly three weeks ago at Baltimore and the preliminary reports were that his injury was minor and that he was reported to have the opportunity to play the following weekend?

Well, we all know how that turned out. Jones didn’t play against the Cleveland Browns, nor did he suit up against the Minnesota Vikings.

Having Jones on the field against the Chicago Bears on Monday night would be a great thing.

However, the surprising news of the morning was that cornerback Sam Shields sat out practice. Head Coach Mike McCarthy said at his post-practice press conference that Shields got stepped on, was having issues with his toes and that his not practicing today was precautionary.

To me, that doesn’t sound good. Precaution sometimes with the Packers means multiple weeks. Let’s hope that with the extra day of rest that Shields will be on the field.

Shields has been one of the more valuable, if not the most valuable cornerback on the team this year. In fact, many are saying he’s quickly becoming the shutdown cornerback that teams are fearing. He’s been burned maybe a couple of times all season, and has been in the back pocket of every team’s best receiver during the first half of the season.

Losing Shields just before the Packers play Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and the Bears would not be a good thing.

Stay tuned.

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