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Sam Shields enters concussion protocol

The Packers could face the Vikings without their top cornerback.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Though the Green Bay Packers escaped Sunday’s sweltering tilt with the Jacksonville Jaguars with a win, they did suffer at least one significant injury. Cornerback Sam Shields left the game with a head injury and did not return. As it turns out, he has entered the concussion protocol, casting doubt on his availability for next Sunday’s divisional matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

Shields suffered the concussion after tackling Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon in the fourth quarter of yesterday’s contest. Shields left the field under his own power, but only after spending some time writhing on the turf. Second-year cornerback Quinten Rollins, who the team benched earlier in the game, filled in for the injured Shields for the remainder of regulation.

The concussion represents Shields’ second such head injury since the start of the 2015 season and the third of his career. The cornerback missed four games as a result last year.

If Shields cannot suit up against the Vikings, Rollins and LaDarius Gunter would likely see the biggest uptick in snaps as a result. The Packers also have versatile veteran Micah Hyde and undrafted rookie Josh Hawkins on the roster.