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Packers' cornerbacks avoid major injuries

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers finished Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins without either of their starting cornerbacks, but there's a chance both Sam Shields and Tramon Williams will be able to play this week against the Carolina Panthers.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that neither the fluky looking knee injury that Shields sustained while trying to line up for a play in the third quarter nor the ankle injury that knocked out Williams two plays later turned out to be anything major.

"None of them were long term," McCarthy said. "But how fast [they recover] is still to be determined."

The same goes for linebacker Jamari Lattimore, who left the game in the first half because of a neck injury.

"I really don't have information as far as a timeline really until we see what they can do on Wednesday," McCarthy said. "That will probably be a better indicator."

Shields said after the game that team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie told him nothing was torn and tests on Monday confirmed that.

If the Packers can afford to lose two starters at the same position, it's probably at cornerback, perhaps their deepest position. Davon House replaced Shields, while Casey Hayward filled in for Williams. It also meant Jarrett Bush played in the dime (six defensive back) package.

"I felt good about the way Davon played," McCarthy said. "Jarrett Bush came in and played well. Casey Hayward played well."

In fact, McCarthy had praise for everyone in the Packers' secondary, but none more than his most recent first-round pick.

"Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played his best game as a Packer," McCarthy said.