All players see the nameplate. Inside the Green Bay Packers locker room, Jermichael Finley's locker remains intact.

Even though he's an unrestricted free agent. Even though, medically, the Packers remain in wait-and-see mode.

"I love him to death. But he's not here," second-year tight end Jake Stoneburner said. "It's hard to say if he's going to be back."

The tight ends in house do not really have a choice. They must move on.

Finley has been cleared by the neurosurgeon who performed his cervical fusion surgery, Joseph Maroon of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, it's a team-by-team, doctor-by-doctor quest for clearance. The Packers have not shut the door on Finley. But it's also mid-June. Organized team activities have wrapped up, mandatory minicamp runs this week, and training camp begins July 26.

Mentally, the tight ends occupying the lockers here must turn the page.

"Yeah," Stoneburner said, "we had seven tight ends last year in OTAs. We're at seven now. So we were at a golf outing and people were asking, 'Is Jermichael coming back?' I wouldn't think so. We have a lot of guys already. And it seems like they're ready to move on.

"I don't know. Who knows? It's up to the guys upstairs."

Finley did meet with the Packers' medical staff two weeks ago. Still, this is a team that waited 10½ months to clear safety Sean Richardson, whose fusion occurred farther down the spine than Finley's.

Personnel moves made by the "guys upstairs" suggest they are moving on. Green Bay drafted California's Richard Rodgers in the third round. They gambled on troubled yet talented Colt Lyerla. They re-signed Andrew Quarless.

The Finley-less seven remain confident they can excel without their starter of the last five years. The game-day product simply may not be quite as visually appealing.