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One of the most frightening 24-hour periods of the 2013 NFL season belonged to free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley.
After a hit to the head left Finley briefly paralyzed on the field—a condition known as cervical cord neurapraxia—the former Green Bay Packer developed a spinal cord contusion and later underwent spinal fusion surgery.
Fast forward almost seven months.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, stated his client "has received clearance from Dr. Joseph Maroon."
In Finley's case, medical clearance probably implies he has no lingering neurological deficits, such as strength, sensation and coordination. Yet as Florio also notes, he will need to prove that to an NFL medical staff, as well. His rehab progression, neck stability and MRI images will also go under the microscope.
Florio notes the tight end planned to make a visit this week to an undisclosed team.
From the outside looking in, just how the medical conversations will go is anyone's guess. Yet in any case, it seems that over half a year following one of the likely scariest moments of his life, Finley is making incredible progress.