Two Packers’ defenders hurt on first drive

January, 5, 2014
Jan 5
5:20
PM ET
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Two Green Bay Packers' starting defensive players sustained knee injuries on the San Francisco 49ers' opening drive of Sunday's NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field.

Cornerback Sam Shields sustained a left knee injury and outside linebacker Mike Neal injured his right knee on the same drive.

Both were carted to the locker room and were questionable to return.

Shields was replaced by Davon House.

The loss of Neal is particularly costly because the Packers went into the game with only three outside linebackers. Clay Matthews is out with a thumb injury, while rookie Nate Palmer was a healthy scratch. It leaves them with only Nick Perry and Andy Mulumba unless Neal can return. Perry is playing on a bad foot, and his snaps have been limited in recent weeks.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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