Jermichael Finley Injury: Updates on Packers TE's Shoulder

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Tight end Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers  looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley injured his right shoulder in Sunday's Week 5 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, according to CBS Sports' Jamey Eisenberg (via Twitter):

Jermichael Finley is now hurt. Looks like his right shoulder.

— Jamey Eisenberg (@JameyEisenberg) October 7, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7:18 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette Finley is active for Sunday night's contest versus the Houston Texans:

#Packers inactives for tonight's game: S Richardson, CB House, LB Manning, G Van Roten, TE D.J. Williams, WR Greg Jennings, DT Raji.

— (@PGPackersNews) October 14, 2012


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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 5:33 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, Jermichael Finley will go through a workout prior to Sunday night's game at Houston and is expecting to suit up.

Finley will go through a workout prior to the game but source says he is expecting to play. #packers #texans

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 14, 2012

Great news for the Packers as they head into a difficult task against a sturdy defense. They will need all the weapons they can get to come out on top.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3:08 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

Jason La Canfora of is reporting that Packers' tight end Jermichael Finley is "50/50" for Sunday's showdown in Houston.

As we get ready for the early inactives, i'm hearing BJ Raji won't be playing for the Pack tonite, while Jermichael Finley is 50/50

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 14, 2012

Finley's absence would be a huge one if he can't go. He has caught 22 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown on the season, and Aaron Rodgers will need as many weapons as possible against a tough Houston defense. 

At least the Packers have more time to make a decision seeing how Sunday's game will be played on Sunday Night Football.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 1:52 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner

Bad news for Jermichael Finley. Missing practice on Thursday doesn't mean good things for anyone attempting a comeback from an injury. 

The Green Bay Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty tweeted the bad news on Thursday afternoon:


Others not practicing: richardson (hamstring), Benson (foot), Greg Jennings (groin), Finley (shoulder), raji (ankle)

— Pete Dougherty (@PeteDougherty) October 11, 2012


That certainly casts some doubt on Finley's outlook for this weekend. 



UPDATE: Wednesday, October 10 at 3:33 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Finley is not planning on letting the trivial matter of whether his shoulder is in its socket or not determine whether he will play. The Green Bay Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky expands:

#Packers TE Jermichael Finley said he slightly dislocated the AC joint in his shoulder but hopes to play Sunday at HOU.

— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 10, 2012

Of course, just because Finley is hoping to play, does not mean he will. Mike McCarthy and the Packers staff may decide it is best to let him sit a week. My guess is that this is headed for a game-time decision. 


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 10 at 1:09 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

As expected, star tight end Jermichael Finely will not practice Wednesday, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein.

#Packers practice: Jennings, Richardson, Raji, Finley, Benson are out.

— tom silverstein (@TomSilverstein) October 10, 2012

UPDATE: Monday at October 8, at 4:45 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

In the translation of coach speak lies the odds of Finely and teammate B.J. Raji playing next week against the Texans. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne brought us this update.

McCarthy: Raji "has a chance" this week with ankle. Benson also in a boot and is "out." Finley (shoulder) "has a chance."

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 8, 2012

So is this he "has a chance" like Lloyd Christmas had a chance in Dumb and Dumber, or is it a little more realistic? Whatever the case, we probably won't know his status until close to game time. 


UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 7, at 6:15 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

According to Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky, Finley stated that his injury isn't serious. His absence for the rest of the game turned out to be precautionary.

Finley: "I know if I’m hurt or not. Just didn’t want to risk it going in again and reinjuring it. I’ll be back in Houston for sure."

— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 7, 2012

The Packer tight end's self-diagnosis is that he'll be ready to play on Sunday Night Football in Week 6's crucial road matchup against the Houston Texans. As talented as Finley is, he is one of many players who must step up for Green Bay.

Finley will still undergo obligatory tests, and more on his status will be determined in the coming days.

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He is questionable to return to the game, according to the Packers' official team Twitter account:

INJURY UPDATE: Jermichael Finley, shoulder, return is questionable. #GBvsIND

— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 7, 2012

Finley went down in the third quarter with the Packers leading the Colts. He had three receptions for just 11 yards prior to the injury.

Finley had 19 receptions for 187 yards and one touchdown coming into Week 5. The 6'5" target had a career year in 2011, playing in all 16 regular-season games and recording 767 yards and eight touchdowns on 55 receptions.

The former Texas star's recent success with Green Bay has made him a favorite among fantasy owners. Still, Finley has struggled with drops over the years and has yet to develop into an elite pass-catching tight end. 

Keep it right here for more information on Finley's injury status as it becomes available.


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