The Green Bay Packers held on for a 27-23 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but it didn’t come without a cost.
Cornerback Sam Shields left the game in the fourth quarter, and ESPN’s Rob Demovsky is reporting that the Packers said he is being evaluated for a concussion.
This is bad news for a defensive backfield that has been improving. Shields and safety Morgan Burnett are the only holdovers in the defensive backfield from the 2010-11 Super Bowl championship team.
Shields missed significant time last season with concussion issues. Demovsky said the Packers did not offer any more information before they left the stadium.
The Packers were pushed in their opener by the up-and-coming Jaguars on Sunday. They were down twice in the first half. Green Bay had to stop the Jaguars on fourth-and-short on the Green Bay 14-yard line with 23 seconds remaining.
Blake Bortles, the third-year Jacksonville quarterback, went 24-of-39 passing for 320 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. For the Packers, Aaron Rodgers put together a typically solid performance.
Rodgers was 20-of-34 passing for 199 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. One of those touchdown passes was to wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Rodgers’ No. 1 target returned after missing the 2015 season. On Sunday, Nelson caught 6 passes for 32 yards.