After leaving the game on Sunday due to what was originally diagnosed as a head injury, presumptions on the nation of cornerback Sam Shields' injury were confirmed. "Shields was injured when he attempted to return an interception from the end zone Sunday against St. Louis with the Packers ahead by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter," writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "He took a hard shot to his chest that he didn’t see coming before he got out of the end zone and left the game because of a head injury that McCarthy on Monday confirmed is a concussion."
The return of defensive lineman Mike Neal from injury is still a little muddy. "The undefeated Packers (6-0) play at Minnesota on Sunday, but Neal has no chance to return this week," writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. "Next week is their bye, and McCarthy doesn’t usually practice that week. So the earliest Neal could return to the practice field would be Oct. 31. That would be seven weeks after he had surgery to remove loose chunks of cartilage in his left knee. Neal originally sustained the injury during an Aug. 16 training camp practice when he planted wrong during a non-contact drill, but he didn’t have the surgery until Sept. 13 after the knee didn’t respond to treatment and rehabilitation." Head coach Mike McCarthy said after the bye, Neal should be close to returning.
Even though the Packers are undefeated, they still have plenty of areas that could use improvement, which almost seem counterintuitive. "There's some things we're doing extremely well and (we) will continue to build off it. That's why we're winning football games," Mike McCarthy is quoted as saying by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel. "But there's a number of fundamental things we need to improve on."
Despite the imperfections, the Packers' record is still unblemished. Talk amongst fans continues about going 16-0, but the Packers are mostly trying to avoid it. "The Packers might be treating it that way, but outside of 1265 Lombardi Ave., the talk has already begun," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "A number of players were asked about the possibility of going undefeated following the game, and with the Detroit Lions’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers leaving the Packers as the only remaining unbeaten team in the league, the frequency of those questions figures to only intensify with each passing week, starting this week in advance of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings (1-5) at the Metrodome in Minneapolis."
Coaches praised the inside linebackers for a job well done against the Rams. "Sunday was the 22nd straight game, including the postseason, that (Desmond) Bishop and (A.J.) Hawk have worked side by side as the inside linebackers in Capers’ 3-4 defense," writes Rob Demovsky. "Bishop took over as a starter in Week 5 of last season after Nick Barnett sustained a season-ending wrist injury. The pairing of Bishop and Hawk took time to develop, but their work together last season laid the groundwork for what has been a productive start to this season for the duo." Both Bishop and Hawk received a game ball from the team for their effort on Sunday.
Mike McCarthy said the Packers won't overlook the struggling Vikings.
The Packers are preparing for both Donovan McNabb and Christian Ponder (sub required).
Dropped passes concern offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.
Reaction from all the coordinators is at JSOnline.
Several Packers took part in a local mentorship program.
Former Packers executive Andrew Brandt spoke at St. Norbert College in De Pere.
Photos from Sunday's game appear at PackersNews.com.
Lombardi premiered at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
Video: An interview with wide receiver Jordy Nelson comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette...
Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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