Don’t Regret Sam Shields Not Being a Packer
Sam Shields is back in the National Football League. He’s been playing for the Los Angeles Rams all season. Shields is having a fine year but struggling a bit in coverage. When he came to Los Angeles, I don’t think he expected to play as much but with the injury to Aqib Talib, it thrusted Shields into action. Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was asked about Shields in his press conference this week and expressed ‘happiness’ for the former Packer that he’s back playing football. Although, he did avoid a question about bringing him back. A part of me feels that Green Bay could not live with themselves if Shields received another concussion.
I wrote something similar to this earlier in the year, but honestly, Green Bay tried to look out for Shields by not bringing him back. The old trope about the National Football League is they do not care about their players. While I believe that’s true in some regards, Dr. Pat McKenzie and the Green Bay medical staff tried to protect Shields by not having be a member of the Packers. Now, the Rams doctors saw things differently, and that’s why he’s playing football again. That said, there’s no malice towards the Packers doctors for recommending against bringing back Shields.
You can’t even say ‘Well if not for the concussions, would he still be in Green Bay>’ because the concussions factored in greatly to why he’s no longer with the team. If Shields stayed healthy, he’s probably still a Packer. Before his head injuries, he was a number one corner for this team, and who knows, the Packers secondary may have taken a new shape. Yet we have to factor in injuries when talking about the Miami product.
Good for him for playing the sport he loves and I pray he doesn’t hurt his head again.