The future of Jermichael Finley on the football field remains unknown. There were no timetables set Monday. Timetables took a backseat. But a source did confirm that the Green Bay Packers tight end suffered a bruised spinal cord in his neck against the Cleveland Browns. He is expected to seek more medical opinions on the injury and take his time through the evaluation process. Late Monday Finley tweeted that he's out of the intensive care unit and had full feeling in his arms and legs. Calling this is a "significant" injury coach Mike McCarthy added that the 26-year-old Finley is "very upbeat very positive." McCarthy said Finley would do his "due diligence." "At the end of the day" McCarthy said "we're going to do what's in the best interest of Jermichael Finley." Several players in Green Bay have seen their careers end due to neck injuries. After suffering neck trauma linebacker Jeremy Thompson wide receiver Terrence Murphy and safety Gary Berry all discovered they had spinal stenosis — a narrowing of the spinal column — and never played again. Safety Nick Collins guard Tony Palmer tight end Mark Chmura and linebacker Johnny Holland all suffered herniated discs that forced them to leave the game. From here Finley is expected to seek more medical attention. The key is to find out why the spinal cord is compressed. ESPN was first to report the news of the bruise. Football is likely the last thing on Finley's mind. But McCarthy and the Packers will have no choice but to forge ahead. For an unknown time they'll be without their play-making 6-foot-5 247-pound tight end. The staff must again figure out how to move the ball without a player who rarely ever came off the field. Last week Green Bay lost Randall Cobb. This week Finley. For now both injuries feed a building trend in Green Bay — winning ugly. Overall the entertainment value will take a hit. Those prices on StubHub may drop a tick as 400-yard passing days give way to 100-yard rushing days. In Finley the Packers lose one of the most versatile tight ends in the game. They'll need their three healthy tight ends — Andrew Quarless Brandon Bostick and Jake Stoneburner — to excel in specific roles and the offensive line to dominate. Before Sunday's 31-13 win over Cleveland McCarthy said he told the team it all starts up front that "we're going to lean on our big dogs." Added the coach "That will definitely be part of our focus as we go forward." Fine by left guard Josh Sitton and the linemen. After expressing relief that Finley is moving again conversation turned to football Monday. The team is ready to run. "I think the culture of this team a little bit has changed with the offensive line and defensive line play" Sitton said. "We've been playing pretty well so we know that the onus is more on us more than ever right now and we take pride in that. The defensive line has a done a great job of taking over the defense. "We talk about it as a line and we take pride in going out there and being able to win games in a different fashion than we have before."
Packers' Finley dignosed with bruised spinal cord in his neck
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Oct 22