GREEN BAY, Wis. When Packers cornerback Sam Shields is able to return from the ankle injury that has sidelined him for the past three games, he's going to find himself in a competition for the starting spot he held for most of this season.
With rookie Casey Hayward and second-year cornerback Davon House both playing well in Shields' absence, the battle is on to see which of them becomes the starter on the outside opposite Tramon Williams.
Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt was asked Monday if Hayward -- who leads the team in interceptions and has started every game since Shields went out -- has done enough to keep that job all season.
"No," Whitt replied.
Then, asked if Shields will regain his starting role once he is back to health, Whitt again said, "No."
Finally, Whitt was asked if it will be a competition between Hayward and Shields.
"Yes, and House is in there, too," Whitt said.
There was very little that Shields did, other than get hurt, ...