Jermichael Finley Injury: Updates on Packers TE's Neck, Likely Return Date
After taking a big hit in the fourth quarter of the Green Bay Packers' 31-13 win against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7, tight end Jermichael Finley was injured and left the game on a stretcher.
He was diagnosed with a bruised spinal cord in his neck and officially placed on the injured reserved list on Nov. 5.
Updates From Friday, Nov. 15:
From ESPN's Andrea Kremer:
Jermichael Finley underwent successful spinal fusion surgery yesterday in Pittsburgh, performed by neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon. (more)— Andrea Kremer (@Andrea_Kremer) November 15, 2013
Finley is up & walking, plans to return to GB today. He hopes to start light workouts in a few weeks, anticipating 3-4 month recovery.— Andrea Kremer (@Andrea_Kremer) November 15, 2013
Updates for Wednesday, Nov. 13
Jermichael Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, has released a statement (via Pro Football Talk), regarding his client's condition and recovery. In it, Baratz addresses the future for Finley:
Regarding Jermichael’s specific injury, it is important to note that expert opinions differ across the board, from surgical procedures to rehabilitation methods to returning to contact sports. Working alongside the Packers organization, we have discussed and analyzed all of these opinions, as well as all of the potential scenarios moving forward. We have collectively determined that while surgery may not be 100% necessary, it is a proactive measure that should alleviate future risks with regards to a similar episode or re-injury. Jermichael has elected to undergo a spinal fusion with Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh Steelers team Neurosurgeon. Dr. Maroon is experienced in conducting this type of procedure on professional athletes in contact sports, and is confident that Jermichael will fully recover following the procedure. Once surgery has been completed, Jermichael has every intention of resuming his football career, and we fully support his efforts to do so.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports provides a statement from former Packers tight end Mark Chmura, who discussed Jermichael Finley on 540 ESPN Milwaukee on Monday, Nov. 11:
“I will give you a little snibbet,” Chmura said (without identifying the dictionary in which he found the word “snibbet”). “I got a chance to talk to Jermichael Finley before the game, and I would bet my bottom dollar his career’s over. Over. He needs surgery, and it’s herniated in [the C3 and C4 vertebrae]. . . . I think it’s gonna be a Nick Collins deal. He’s definitely not gonna play in Green Bay, I’d put my house on that.”
Chmura added that Finley said surgery is happening soon: “I believe he’s undergoing surgery on Thursday. . . . He literally could not move his neck.”
Finley's season is over according to the NFL Around the League Twitter account:
Packers announce Jermichael Finley placed on season-ending I.R.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) November 5, 2013
Finley was inactive for Week 9's clash against the Bears.
Jermichael Finley discussed his injury on The MMQB:
After I got hit, in the fourth quarter of our win against the Browns last week, my eyes were wide open. I was very conscious, but I could not move. I looked my teammate Andrew Quarless directly in the eye and whispered, “Help me, Q. I can’t move; I can’t breathe.” The scariest moment was seeing the fear in Q’s eyes. I knew something was wrong, but his reaction verified it. That really shook me up.
From ESPN's Ed Werder:
Jermichael Finley to have more medical visits this week before Packers decide IR. He has big insurance policy in event career-ending injury— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 29, 2013
From Mike Vandermause of The Green Bay Press-Gazette:
bush probable; Finley out: Hayward probable; Brad Jones questionable; James Jones doubtful; Matthews out; McMilliam probable; Perry quest.— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) October 25, 2013
From Ed Werder of ESPN:
Packers TE Jermichael Finley released from hospital and has returned to his Green Bay home. Hospitalized since Sunday with spinal contusion— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 24, 2013
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Source says Jermichael Finley has been walking, talking, joking around. He has regained his balance. And now, he's out of the hospital.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2013
From ESPN's Ed Werder:
I'm told Jermichael Finley doesn't need surgery; other reports contradict. My understanding injury caused by torque, not spinal compression— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 23, 2013
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel passes along a statement from Wellington Hsu, spinal surgeon, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine professor and Packers fan, discussing his opinion on Jermichael Finley's injury:
If Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley did suffer a spinal cord bruise, as one report claimed, the likelihood of him returning to the field without having to undergo surgery is slim, according to a highly regarded spinal surgeon who has studied NFL neck injuries.
Hsu, who is a Packers fan and watched the hit Finley took in the team's 31-13 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, said he does not have any intimate knowledge of Finley's injury and was speaking only to the scenario in which Finley suffered spinal cord bruising.
Hsu said there are typically four things that would cause a spinal cord bruise: a herniated disk; a fractured joint; stenosis or a genetic or arthritic narrowing of the spine; and a loose vertebrae due to ligament damage around the spine.
Hsu went on to discuss why Finley would or wouldn't need surgery in such a scenario, courtesy of Silverstein:
In all four cases, Finley would need surgery to repair the injury and would be lost for the season, Hsu said. In many instances, a single-level cervical fusion would be necessary, which is what Collins and current Packers safety Sean Richardson had.
"If you don't have any stenosis and you have full recovery of strength and full range of motion and there is no fracture, there is a possibility you would not need fusion surgery," he said. "But I would be worried if we were not able to find anything."
ESPN's Ed Werder provides an update on Finley's status:
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has been told by doctors that he should be released from the hospital within the next 24 hours, a league source told ESPN.
There is no specific timetable for Finely's return to the field, but indications are that he likely will miss at least four to six weeks, sources said.
From Ed Werder of ESPN:
Packers TE Jermichael Finley should be released from hospital in next 24 hrs. Doctors believe he can play again but when remains unknown— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 22, 2013
Even though Jermichael Finley should be able to play NFL again, it would not be surprising if Packers consider IR sometime this week— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 22, 2013
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a bruised spinal cord in his neck Sunday but continued to have encouraging signs after undergoing further tests today at a local area hospital. Nevertheless, his evaluation will be an extensive process, according to league sources, with his return indefinite.
Finley will seek further medical opinions after he is discharged and a source said his short-term and long-term prospects for playing again will not be hastened with the team's blessing and support, the sources said. One source said Finley's return to the field is "obviously secondary" to his overall health.
Finley tweeted his thanks for all of the fan support:
I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, fans and Packer Nation for the prayers and support over the past 24 hrs. I'm happy to report— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) October 22, 2013
that I have been transferred out of the intensive care unit and that I have full feeling in my arms and legs. As importantly,— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) October 22, 2013
I was able 2 walk to & from the shower today, which was badly needed after yesterday's victory! Thank u again 4 the support, and Go Packers!— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) October 22, 2013
From Rob Demovsky of ESPN:
McCarthy: Finley suffered a significant injury, spent evening in hospital. The specifics of it, there's a lot more studies going on.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 21, 2013
MM on Finley: He's up and he's performing daily activities.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 21, 2013
MM: He's very upbeat, very positive. Still in the hospital.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 21, 2013
MM: We do not have enough information (to say whether Finley can play this year).— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 21, 2013
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Latest on #Packers TE Jermichael Finley: Source says he’ll likely leave ICU today. He’s walking, moving around, in good spirits.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 21, 2013
From ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
Packers TE Jermichael Finley in ICU after his neck injury. He has not had surgery as of early this a.m. and status uncertain. Monitoring.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 21, 2013
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com followed:
#Packers TE Jermichael Finley spent the night at a hospital after suffering a neck injury. Source: "Precautionary. He's going to be fine"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 21, 2013
Tom Pelissero of USA Today continued:
#Packers TE Jermichael Finley continues to undergo tests but isn't expected to need surgery. Word so far all sounds positive.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 21, 2013
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports later added:
Feel like we need some good news so here goes: Packers TE Jermichael Finley did some walking around this morning. Great to hear.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 21, 2013
Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and Tyler Dunne from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirmed the injury to Green Bay's talented pass-catcher.
Packers TE Finley still on ground. Cart coming.— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) October 20, 2013
Jermichael Finley is down for the #Packers.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 20, 2013
Considering the nature of the injury, it looked as though Finley might have suffered another concussion. He dealt with one earlier in the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, which he discussed back in September.
Dunne was able to confirm that it was a neck injury, though, and Finley fortunately had movement in all of his extremities.
Jermichael Finley has a neck injury but does have movement in all of his extremities. #packers— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 20, 2013
The Packers were already without wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones heading into this game. Now, their offense could struggle even more without Finley.
However, the more important issue at hand is Finley's health, as another serious head or neck injury is something to be worried about.
What is the duplicate article?
Why is this article offensive?
Where is this article plagiarized from?
Why is this article poorly edited?