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  • Rams' Sam Shields: Active for game against Saints

    Shields (illness) is active for Sunday's game versus the Saints, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    Shields hasn't played more than 26 defensive snaps in any of the last four weeks, making four tackles and breaking up a pass in that span. It's likely the trend continues with Nickell Robey-Coleman and Marcus Peters taking a majority of the snaps at corner.

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  • Rams' Sam Shields: Flew in Saturday, could play versus Saints

    Shields (illness) arrived in New Orleans on Saturday and could play Sunday versus the Saints, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.

    Shields didn't practice Thursday or Friday and didn't travel with the team, but the fact he's in New Orleans now is a reason for optimism. He's not used in a full-time role often and mainly seen as a nickel corner, but he'll aid the Rams' secondary against a high-caliber Saints offense if he can go. If not, expect Nickell Robey-Coleman and Troy Hill to see upticks in defensive snaps.

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  • Rams' Sam Shields: Questionable for Sunday

    Shields (illness) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.

    Shields was held out of New Orleans' practice Thursday and Friday after coming down with an illness, and his Week 9 status appears to legitimately be in question. The starting cornerback's availability could be a game-time decision. If Shields were to miss any time, expect Nickell Robey-Coleman to enter the starting lineup.

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  • Rams' Sam Shields: Leads cornerbacks in snaps in Week 3

    Shields played 37 of 52 defensive snaps and recorded four tackles (three solo) and a pass defensed during Sunday's 35-23 win over the Chargers.

    With Marcus Peters (lower leg) and Aqib Talib (ankle) both exiting Sunday's contest, Shields led Los Angeles cornerbacks in defensive snaps. Tory Hill, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Shields all project to see an uptick in playing time if Peters and Talib miss time. However, it's definitely worth noting that it was Shields who saw the largest boost in snaps. He's probably still a risky fantasy option in most settings for now, though.

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  • Rams' Sam Shields: Interception in win

    Shields recorded one tackle, a pass defensed and an interception across 11 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

    Shields didn't see a ton of action Sunday but made the most of his opportunities, recording his first interception since 2015. The veteran cornerback got snaps with the game out of hand after not receiving a single defensive rep in Week 1. However, after the impressive interception, which he returned 22 yards, Shields could be inclined to see some more regular playing time in the future.

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  • Rams' Sam Shields: Practicing in full pads

    Shields (concussion/suspension) practiced in full pads Sunday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Orange County Register reports.

    Shields hasn't put on the pads in live drills since suffering a severe concussion early on during the 2016 season. However, it now seems the cornerback is back to normal, flashing his trademark speed in training camp. If he can stay free of any setbacks throughout the rest of the summer, Shields should combine with fellow offseason acquisitions Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to give the Rams one of the best groups of cornerbacks in the league.

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  • Rams' Sam Shields: Participating in OTAs

    Shields (suspension/concussion) was a participant in Wednesday's OTA session, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

    Shields appears to be competing as if his last concussion -- the fifth diagnosed one of his career -- is finally behind him. However, his involvement in OTAs doesn't completely guarantee that he'll be without any restrictions once the Rams practice with full pads over the summer, so training camp should offer a better barometer for Shields' health. Even if he does receiving full clearance for camp and wins a roster spot with the Rams, Shields will have to sit out the first two games of the 2018 season due to a suspension stemming from a January 2017 drug charge.

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  • Rams' Sam Shields: Signs with Rams

    Shields signed with the Rams on Thursday, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

    Shields has usually been very effective when on the field over the course of his career, collecting 18 interceptions over his six active seasons, but has trouble staying healthy. He suffered the fourth known concussion of his career in the first game of the 2016 season and has not played since. As is the case, this move is a risky one for Los Angeles, with another concussion possibly ending Shields' career, but with the defensive backfield already solidified with new acquisitions Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, the Rams found the risk was worth taking.

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  • Sam Shields: Aiming for return to NFL

    Shields (suspension) is expected to return to the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Shields has been sidelined since sustaining the fifth known concussion of his career during Week 1 of the 2016 season. In the interim, he was charged with marijuana possession in January of 2017 and subsequently levied a two-game suspension by the NFL, which he'll be subject to if he latches on with an organization. According to Schefter, Shields will make his first visit with the Browns this week.

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  • Sam Shields: Gearing up for return

    Shields (suspension) said he's no longer experiencing headaches and believes he'll generate interest on the free-agent market this spring, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "I think I'm back to my normal self. I can just take one day at a time and try to keep conditioning to get myself ready for whatever, March or April, whatever team picks me up so I can be ready to go," Shields explained.

    Shields dealt with chronic headaches in the aftermath of his fifth documented concussion he suffered in Week 1 of the 2016 season. While he recently took to social media to show that he's progressed to the point where he can move around without experiencing any concussion symptoms, there's still no word that Shields has officially been cleared to return to the field. However, there are a number of teams around the league that could likely benefit from the 2014 Pro Bowler's services and it's possible one of them could take a gamble on the 30-year-old cornerback. With that said, Shields is facing a two-game suspension from the league regardless of which organization he may land with.

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  • Sam Shields: Will face suspension

    Shields will face a two-week suspension if he returns to the NFL, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    This suspension likely stems from a drug charge he faced in January. Shields has already said he doesn't plan to return until the 2018 season because of the trouble he's had with concussions. Even with his lockdown abilities at cornerback, Shields' baggage could make him an unappealing free agent once he feels he's ready for a return to the league.

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  • Sam Shields: Eyeing return to NFL in 2018

    Shields (concussion) is looking to return to the NFL in 2018, Brian Jones of 247Sports reports.

    Shields suffered the fifth concussion of his career in Week 1 of last season and remained under the league protocol for head injuries through the end of the season before parting ways with Green Bay in February. It isn't clear if he's still dealing with symptoms, but the fact he's aiming to return in 2018 -- and not 2017 -- suggests he still is. The Miami (Fla.) product racked up 18 interceptions and 67 PBUs in 80 career games with the Packers and could be an interesting option on the free-agent market next offseason if he's able to prove that his latest round of head issues is behind him.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 178 lbs
Birthplace: Sarasota, FL, USA
Age: 36
School: Miami (FL)
Experience: 8