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Sam Shields and David Bakhtiari return to practice

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The Packers have reason to believe Sam Shields and David Bakhtiari could play this weekend.

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For the Green Bay Packers to have their best chance at upsetting the heavily favored Arizona Cardinals this Saturday, they likely need both left tackle David Bakhtiari and top cornerback Sam Shields back on the field. It remains too early to say definitely whether either can suit up, but both made appearances at Wednesday's practice.

Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that he expected Shields and Bakhtiari to get some work in despite missing multiple weeks with a concussion and ankle injury respectively. While McCarthy's optimism regarding player injuries hasn't always manifested on the field, it appears to have been justified this time.

Only wide receiver Davante Adams and cornerback Quinten Rollins, both injured during last Sunday's win over Washington, did not participate during the open portion of practice. The team reportedly does not expect Adams to return for this week's game, and Rollins' availability remains unclear. Still, Green Bay's roster hasn't looked this healthy in many weeks.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.