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ATLANTA (AP) — Sam Shields is one of just four Los Angeles Rams who has played in the Super Bowl before. He finds the privilege much sweeter the second time around.In the big game against Pittsburgh eight years ago Sean Mannion Color Rush Jersey , Shields won a ring as an undrafted rookie defensive back making plays for Green Bay. He eventually became a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Packers before a fairly innocuous tackle in the 2016 season opener derailed his life.Shields' fourth recorded concussion kept him out of football for nearly two full years. After months of pain and grueling rehabilitation, he joined the Rams last spring and gradually made one of the most unlikely comebacks on either roster at this Super Bowl — a former defensive star now thriving as a key special-teamer and steady veteran for Los Angeles. Shields wants to beat New England on Sunday to earn a second ring, which would put him in elite NFL circles. But he is also proud of his ability simply to stay in the game."It never crossed my mind that I could go this far," Shields said. "I was definitely out of it, in a dark situation. At first, it was tough. Now I'm getting rewarded."Shields sought refuge in darkened rooms for months on end after his injury, unable to alleviate his pounding headaches any other way. He needed extensive, complicated rehab at UCLA before he could even contemplate a return to regular life, let alone football."The hardest part was not letting my family see everything I was going through," said Shields, who has three daughters back home in Florida. "I didn't want to talk to my kids about all I was going through, because I didn't want them to be going through it with me. All those things that I was going through, I had to deal with by myself. It definitely made me who I am now."Shields was unable to handle bright lights or any prolonged mental concentration, let alone an NFL career. He went through months of physical and mental exercises, gradually healing his brain.He chuckles at the memory of running on a treadmill while "being asked a million questions so that I would remember how to cope while I'm tired. It's just training your brain to get back and rolling again, because I was in a dark moment. My brain wasn't alive."Even after turning a corner on his health following months of guidance from UCLA's doctors, the former Pro Bowl cornerback thought for several more months about quitting his sport.He just couldn't do it, even after so much physical agony and soul-searching. He had to play again, even if another hit could take him back to the start — or even deeper down."He loves the game," Rams general manager Les Snead said. "He can't live without it. He could have easily moved on to that next chapter, but there was that itch inside."Shields has recounted the details of his rehabilitation before, but he is more interested in focusing on its success. He hasn't missed a game for the Rams this season, contributing as a backup on defense while gladly playing a major role on the Rams' vaunted special teams.Shields' daughters weren't old enough to enjoy his first Super Bowl trip. They know what's happening this time around — and unlike his injury, Shields is eager to share this experience with them."That's a really unique dude," Rams cornerback Marcus Peters said. "I really respect everything he's been through. He's an amazing father, an amazing person. You've just got to have ultimate respect for a guy who started off his career as a Pro Bowler and just killing the league. He went through the little concussion thing, and when you love and care about the game as much as you do https://www.ramsfanstore.com/Aaron-Donald-Jersey , to see him come back and be the same explosive player that he was in the past, you just salute him."Even when he was a Pro Bowl cornerback, Shields didn't look down on the dirty work of kick coverage. He realizes a big play on special teams can have a major impact on a game, just like he had two weeks ago.During the second quarter of the NFC championship game in New Orleans, Los Angeles was down 13-0 with a stagnant offense. That's when Johnny Hekker threw a pass to Shields , a receiver at the University of Miami until his senior season, for a first down. The perfect fake punt, which included a clever juke by Shields to pick up the first down, prolonged the Rams' first scoring drive."It feels great to get your name called and to take advantage of it," Shields said. "It was a crucial moment. I've been in crucial moments before, and I know how to take advantage of it." The Detroit Lions entered the 2018 season as a potential sleeper team. QB Matt Stafford will always be their center piece, but could the Lions surround him with enough weapons and a decent scheme to get him into the that top tier discussion, at least for a season?OFFENSEIn 2017, Stafford had a solid campaign, and was able to utilize his strong arm often enough to toss 27 touchdown passes and over 4,400 yards. This season, the Lions have looked to establish a ground game that would be able to help the offense convert on 3rd downs, as well as have more success in the red zone while providing a nice compliment to Stafford. The Lions’ braintrust of former Patriots, GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia, drafted Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson in the second round, and signed veteran bruiser RB LeGarrette Blount to bolster their backfield. So, far Johnson has looked good averaging 5.4 per carry and also nabbing 32 passes. Unfortunately for Detroit, it doesn’t look like he’ll play Sunday as he’s sat out of practice this week because of a knee sprain. That means Blount will start. Blount has averaged a pathetic 2.8 yards per carry this season but had a nice game against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving when he rumbled to 88 yards. The Lions will also use Theo Riddick to catch a bunch of dink n’ dunks from Stafford; a staple of offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter’s attack this season. Heading into the season it seemed like Stafford would have plenty of targets to find down field in receivers Golden Tate, Marvin Jones Jr, and emerging threat Kenny Golladay. That was before the Lions decided to deal Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 3rd round pick trying to gain some value for a player that they were unlikely to resign after this season. Then this week, Marvin Jones was placed on the Injured Reserve list with a knee injury. That pretty much leaves Golladay and an offense that has done a 180 and refuses to take shots down field. To add insult to injury, back in March the Lions released 2014 1st Round selection TE Eric Ebron John Sullivan Color Rush Jersey , who then landed on the Indianapolis Colts roster and has already caught 11 touchdowns from Andrew Luck. A year ago, the Lions were the leagues 7th highest scoring offense, but have dipped to 21st this season. Similar dips from a year ago exist in most passing categories, including notably, yards per attempt and touchdowns. After a couple of costly interceptions from Stafford in last week’s loss to the Bears, many Lions fans have to be scratching their heads wondering where this is all going and what is the ceiling is looking like on the Stafford era. Of course, with Stafford’s contract being what it is, he’ll be around for a while, but can the Lions ever ride him through at least one magical playoff run? Well, the NFC is pretty tough, but we’ve seen turnarounds before. DEFENSEDefensively, the Lions have also struggled both when trying to stop the run as well as the pass. However, they do have standout players and are very capable of generating turnovers; a formula that may ring familiar to Rams fans. Look out for defensive tackle Damon Harrison who the Lions traded for back in October. It was only two seasons ago that Harrison was named to the All-Pro team with the New York Giants, and has a super high Pro Football Focus grade of 91.3. Next to Harrison is defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, a former Pro Bowler who was the 5th overall pick in the 2013 draft, just five seasons ago. Beyond Ansah and Harrison, the only other truly solid players on the Lions defense have been cornerback Darius Slay and possibly safety Quandre Diggs. Safety Glover Quin has shown regression. None of the Lions linebackers, Devon Kennard, Jarrad Davis, or Christian Jones have played exceptionally well either. If the Rams can play a clean game and avoid turnovers, they should be able to hang some points up in Detroit, but nothing is automatic. The Rams will have to show up if they want to stay a game up on the New Orleans Saints in the race for home field advantage. The Lions sit at 4-7, but have home victories over the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, and Carolina Panthers.
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