Packers cornerback Sam Shields headed for injured reserve

Cornerback Sam Shields said on Instagram on Tuesday that he will be out eight weeks, an indication the Green Bay Packers are placing him on injured reserve.

Shields will have to miss a minimum of eight weeks, but he is eligible to play again under the “designated to return” option each NFL team has. The rules allow a team to bring one player back from injured reserve during the season provided he has sat out a minimum of eight weeks.

Shields suffered a concussion in the season opener against Jacksonville and has not played since. His time on injured reserve is not retroactive, so the soonest Shields would be eligible to play would be Week 15.

The Packers need the roster spot after trading for running back Knile Davis, who took part in practice Tuesday. They are also expected to make one more roster move so they can promote running back Don Jackson from the practice squad.

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