Packers rule Sam Shields out

The Green Bay Packers' secondary could be vulnerable this Sunday against the Panthers.

Due to a knee injury, cornerback Sam Shields has been ruled out by the Packers for the upcoming game. According to the team's official website, the Packers were hoping to have Shields participate in the team's Saturday practice but his injury hadn't progressed to the team's liking.

Fellow cornerback Tramon Williams is questionable with an ankle injury. Since 2007, Williams has only missed one game during his career.

"He’s an old-school pro,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters. “I don’t think there was any question when we got back here Monday he was going to do everything he could to play in this game.”

If there was ever a week the Packers could get away with being banged up at cornerback it would be this one. Green Bay's opponent, Carolina, has just one well-rounded receiver in rookie Kelvin Benjamin, and he's questionable due to a concussion. Benjamin has yet to be cleared and could miss Sunday's game. Greg Olsen is the other top option in Carolina's passing game, but it's thin from there.

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