News now! Shields questionable; Daniels, Boyd probable for Monday

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 6, 2014 – 12:09 pm

141206-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY — Packers CB Sam Shields is being listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against Atlanta. Shields has not been medically cleared following a concussion he sustained last week, but he still could gain clearance in time to play.

“The medical staff has told me he still has a chance to play,” Mike McCarthy said on Saturday.

“You’re either in the (concussion) protocol or you’re not in the protocol. Once a player comes out of that and is cleared, it becomes the decision of the coaching staff in conversation with the player to see if he’s ready to go. I’m going to give him every opportunity to play.”

If Shields cannot play, that would signal more snaps at cornerback for Davon House and possibly Casey Hayward as well. The Falcons feature Julio Jones, ranked third in the NFL in catches and yards, as a top receiving target, and they may be getting veteran Roddy White back from an ankle injury as well.

“We’re ready,” McCarthy said. “It’s definitely a very good receiving group. We’ve been practicing all week without Sam. Davon, Casey and Tramon (Williams) will be ready to go.”

On the defensive line, both Mike Daniels (back) and Josh Boyd (knee) are listed as probable, and McCarthy said he expects both to be at “full strength” come Monday night.

LB Nick Perry (shoulder) is also probable. Perry missed the Minnesota game two weeks ago and came back to play only 10 snaps on defense last week, but his condition has improved and a larger workload is possible.

“I think he’ll be ready for more,” McCarthy said. “Nick has had a good week of practice. I think the extra day off will help him. How the game unfolds and different situations that occur, that all factors into it, but he’s clearly better this week than he was last week.”

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