With Thursday’s matchup against Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson looming, Shields appears likely to return after missing the past two games because of a hamstring injury.
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The fourth-year pro has been the Packers’ best cover man this season. He was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice.
Their struggling run defense, which has slipped from 5th in the league three weeks ago to 19th in rushing yards allowed per game, also could get a boost. Defensive tackle Johnny Jolly, who missed Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a groin injury, also appears set to return. Like Shields, Jolly was full go in practice.
“I fully expect both Johnny and Sam to play,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after Tuesday’s practice.