According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:
Per a league source, it’s currently believed Shields has a strained MCL. The official diagnosis will come from an MRI evaluation.
That’s good news for Shields, assuming the injury doesn’t require surgery. For low-to-mid-grade MCL injuries, the rope-like ligament heals itself with rest.
Assuming this isn't a major injury, it's unlikely to have an impact on Shields' upcoming unrestricted free agency.
As noted by Florio, the Packers have until early March to negotiate with Shields. And it's possible they could use the franchise tag on him as well.
Per league source, MRI shows only a bone bruise for Packers CB Sam Shields, who's due to become a free agent in March.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 6, 2014
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