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As has been tradition most Saturdays this season, the Green Bay Packers held their final practice of the week today and updated their injury report according to their players' availability. Today's updates feature good news for a pair of defensive players but bad news for one key starter in the secondary.
The Packers chose to downgrade cornerback Sam Shields from Questionable to Doubtful on Saturday, making it a virtual certainty that he will not suit up on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Shields has missed the past two games with a concussion and had practiced earlier in the week (on a limited basis), but seems to have suffered a setback in the concussion protocol.
One other player who was recently concussed is nose tackle B.J. Raji, who suffered his injury last week in Arizona. He returned to practice on Thursday, but was upgraded from Questionable to Probable on Saturday, suggesting that he should be cleared to play on Sunday. That should be a big help for the Packers' run defense against Adrian Peterson, who ran for just 45 yards on 13 carries in the teams' first meeting this year.
The other player whose status was changed today is linebacker Mike Neal, who like Raji was upgraded to Probable. Neal did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday due to a hip issue, but was presumably able to work in most of the team's drills and should play Sunday. Both he and fellow linebacker Nick Perry are now Probable.
Two other Packers were listed as Questionable this week, but did not have their statuses altered. Left tackle David Bakhtiari and defensive lineman Mike Daniels both remain game-time decisions.