Sam Shields ankle is worse, out a "couple weeks"

Green Bay --- Sam Shields wouldn't point to one play or one accident. But, as it turns out, the ankle injury that has sidelined the Packers cornerback since Oct. 14 is worse than originally thought.

On Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy said Shields had a "setback" and would be out "a couple weeks."

"So, he’s not making the improvement that we hoped," McCarthy said. "It’s a little more serious injury than we anticipated."

Shields, who worked at wide receiver on the Packers' scout team last week, was listed as "questionable" for the Packers' game at Detroit. Shields indicated he had suffered a high ankle sprain and expressed optimism to return soon. Though he wouldn't specify the reason behind the setback, Shields reiterated that nothing happened since last week. There's a chance he tried to return too soon.

"Coach said it's a setback. I just think it's the same thing," Shields said. "I just have to keep rehabbing. ... We're just going day by day right now. Week by week. I don't know."

The Packers don't necessarily need Shields back on the field pronto. Rookie Casey Hayward and second-year corner Davon House have improved throughout the season. And in Green Bay's 24-20 win over the Lions, Hayward had five pass break-ups and an interception with House adding a sack and one break-up of his own.

In the secondary, Green Bay has more depth this season.

"Like we preach all the time, when somebody goes down, somebody else has to stand up," Shields said. "Those guys are doing a hell of a job. Like you see, House is covering his butt off. And also Casey. So when somebody goes down, they have to be ready and that's what they're doing."

House has been sporting a harness this season, though said he's now playing the way he wants to.

This weekend, he'll have his biggest test yet against the New York Giants.

"I'm really comfortable," House said. "This week's a big week -- a lot bigger than last week with Victor Cruz and (Hakeem) Nicks out there. And you have elite Eli throwing the ball. We have a tough challenge this week. ...They have four great receivers out there. They might be one of the best receiving corps out there. So it's going to be fun. A challenge."

As for Shields, the wait will continue.

The third-year corner acknowledged that this is disappointing. But he is hoping to return to the team for the stretch run. At some point.

"It's frustrating but things like that," I just have to keep my mind positive and just keep getting the rehab and trying to get better to get back out on the field and get ready for the stretch down the road."

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