As if the Green Bay Packers secondary didn't come into the playoffs with enough questions, cornerback Sam Shields went down with a knee injury on the first drive of their game against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card Round.
Shields was originally listed as questionable but was later ruled out for the rest of the game, via the Packers:
The injury to Mike Neal also thins out the Packers defense, but the loss of Shields means not having one of their best cover corners on the field. Shields has four interceptions on the season and 61 total tackles.
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel had a first-hand look of the injury and posted what was happening on the field during the game:
Shields needs help getting off the field. He's hurting.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) January 5, 2014
Sam Shields being carted to the locker room.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) January 5, 2014
We'll get further word on his injury soon. But a tough break for Shields and the D. Remember this is a contract year for the corner.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) January 5, 2014
Davon House officially replaced Shields on the field, as the Packers Twitter account reported:
House is a third-year corner with experience this season, but mostly out of special packages. With 44 tackles and one interception this season, he is a formidable backup. Luckily for the Packers, House made a huge play in the end zone to break up a pass on the same drive.
Green Bay's pass defense ranks 24th in the NFL coming into the playoffs in passing yards allowed and has surrendered 30 passing touchdowns, which ranks last in remaining playoff teams.
The extent of Shields' injury has not yet been reported, but the Packers will certainly hope for a speedy recovery.