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Packers Release Veteran CB Sam Shields With Failed Physical Designation

Update:

The Green Bay Packers announced that they’ve released veteran CB Sam Shields.

Shields was released with a failed physical designation, according to the transactions report for Wednesday, which is likely due to the fact that he’s still dealing with concussions symptoms.

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Packers CB Sam Shields posted on his Instagram account Wednesday that he’s been released by Green Bay.

Shields suffered a concussion during the team’s first game of the season and wound up spending the entire year on injured reserve. Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters a few weeks ago that Shields still had yet to clear the concussion protocol, so this is obviously a very serious situation involving his health.

Shields, 29, wound up signing on with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Miami back in 2010. He’s spent all six years of his career with the Packers and was entering the final year of his four-year, $39 million contract and set to make a base salary of $8 million next season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Shields will free up $9 million in available cap space while creating $3,125,000 in dead money.

In 2016, Shields appeared in one game and recorded three tackles for the Packers.