He’s missed almost two complete seasons and has suffered five confirmed concussions.  It’s a tribute to Sam Shields’ talent that the Los Angeles Rams have signed the 30-year-old cornerback, giving him a chance to come back and make the team.  When Shields was knocked out of a game against Jacksonville September 11th, 2016, he had suffered a second severe concussion in a 10-month period.  The symptoms lingered and he decided to sit out the 2017 season.  One scout says he is still a long-shot to return and it’s not clear if he should even want to come back.

Also, free agent defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson spent a day-and-a-half in Green Bay, then left for visits with New Orleans and Kansas City.  The fact he didn’t sign a contract with the Packers is no indication he’s going elsewhere.  The visit is being called a very positive one.  Wilkerson was released by the New York Jets after two seasons where he was slowed by injuries.  He’s reportedly hoping to sign somewhere before next Wednesday.  The teams courting him are hoping he can revert to the solid player who produced 28-and-a-half sacks in three seasons starting in 2013.