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Packers insider Bob McGinn hears that TE Jermichael Finley is "at least two months away and maybe several months more from being in position to sign with a team."  Finley is recovering from a serious neck injury and subsequent surgery.  Previous reports had him close to being medically cleared, but that might have been agent-driven.  According to McGinn, the Seahawks had Finley in for a visit and essentially told him they'd circle back once he had more time to heal.  It at least sounds like Finley is still on track to play in 2014, but it might be closer to training camp until we know where he'll be playing.

The doctor who performed neck surgery on Jermichael Finley believes the TE will be "fully healed" in 4-8 weeks.  Free agency starts in a little less than 4 weeks.  Green Bay isn't expected to bring Finley back, and his market figures to be slow to develop.  Finley will likely need to settle for a 1-year, "prove it" deal.  But he'll only be 27 when the 2014 season kicks off, and he still has loads of potential.  The team that rolls the dice on Finley could get 1 of the steals of free agency.

Packers WR Jermichael Finley (neck) told that his doctor is "99% certain" that he'll be cleared for contact within the next 3-4 weeks.  That'll be a huge step in his return from October's neck injury and November's surgery.  Finley is set to hit the free-agent market in March.  The more progress he can make between now and then, the better.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley underwent successful spinal fusion surgery on Thursday.  He's already able to walk around and hopes to resume "light workouts" in a few weeks.  Finley expects the entire rehab process to take 3-4 months.  That'd put him back on the field by February or March.  Proving healthy will be key to his value on the free-agent market.  A 1-year deal back in Green Bay might end up being his best bet.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley has elected to undergo spinal fusion surgery.  "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," a statement from Finley's agent reads.  "Once surgery has been completed, Jermichael has every intention of resuming his football career, and we fully support his efforts to do so."  Finley will hit the free-agent market this offseason with major health question marks -- and that's assuming he's cleared to resume his career.

Former Packers TE Mark Chmura said current Packers TE Jermichael Finley told him he's undergoing neck surgery this Thursday.  "I got a chance to talk to Jermichael Finley before the game, and I would bet my bottom dollar his career’s over," Chmura said.  "He needs surgery, and it’s herniated in [the C3 and C4 vertebrae].  He literally could not move his neck."  The Packers have yet to confirm or deny the "report."  We'll continue to keep tabs on Finley's recovery.  He's still worth hanging on to in dynasty leagues.

5 months ago

The Packers have officially ended TE Jermichael Finley's season by placing him on IR.  Finley suffered a scary neck Oct. 20 against the Browns that sent him to the hospital but has taken positive steps in his recovery since.  This move should be welcomed by fantasy football owners, who no longer have to wonder whether Finley might return sometime this season.  Most of us have assumed he wouldn't.  No Green Bay TE has stepped up as a fantasy factor in Finley's absence, and we certainly don't expect any to do so going forward.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley (neck) plans on continuing his football career, but there's no timetable for when that might be able to happen.  "Jermichael Finley is still seeking the opinions from specialists," HC McCarthy said Wednesday. "[He's] doing better each and every day. Just communicating, frankly, with someone who just came from the hospital right before practice [who] said he's doing well. He's making progress."  Fantasy owners need to plan on being without Finley the rest of this season.  He's still worth stashing in keeper/dynasty leagues.  The 26-year-old will hit the free-agent market this offseason.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley will likely need surgery on his bruised spinal cord in order to play football again, according to a noted spinal surgeon. Dr. Wellington Hsu says the bruise usually means there's something else wrong in the spinal cord -- a herniated disc, fractured joint, stenosis or ligament damage.  Surgery would certainly knock Finley out for the rest of the season and might put his career at risk.  We'll continue to update his status as we learn more.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Packers will "consider" placing TE Jermichael Finley (neck) on IR this week.  Werder adds that Finley is expected to be able to play football again, "but when remains unknown."  Fantasy owners can hang on to Finley for now, but it's looking less and less likely that he'll play again in 2013.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley tweeted Monday that he's out of the intensive care unit and that he walked from his hospital bed to the shower and back.  That's obviously great news for Finley's recovery from what has been deemed a bruised spinal cord, but it also speaks to the severity of the injury.  ESPN reports that a source called Finley's potential return to the field "obviously secondary" to his general health.  Packers HC Mike McCarthy refused to put a timeline on the player's return, saying, "This is something that needs to be seen by more than one doctor."  We wouldn't go dropping Finley in typical 12-team redraft leagues just yet, but you should pursue a replacement as though Finley will miss the rest of the year.  TE Andrew Quarless is next on the depth chart but has been no better than OK when pressed into duty in the past.

Tests on Packers TE Jermichael Finley have come back clean so far, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  He's regained "almost all movement" after being unable to move immediately after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit yesterday.  "That look he had in his eyes, that was something that stuck with me," backup TE Andrew Quarless said. "It really hurt me just to see him like that. My brother was out there on the ground."  Insider Tom Pelissero reports that it will "probably be weeks" before the Packers know whether Finley will play again this season.  We'll continue to update his status as we learn more.

6 months ago

Packers TE Jermichael Finley (neck) is currently hospitalized in an intensive care unit, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  Mort adds that Finley hasn't had surgery, but that doctors are "monitoring" him.  It's clear that he's dealing with a significant injury.  And remember that he already sustained a concussion back in Week 3.  Finley is likely looking at a lengthy absence.  It's a tough blow to a Packers team that already lost WR Randall Cobb for the year.  Andrew Quarless will step in as Green Bay's top TE if Finley misses time.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game.  He was conscious on the field but wasn't moving much.  Finley was then taken off on a stretcher.  In addition to a concussion, he might also be dealing with a neck injury.  Remember that Finley already sustained a concussion back in Week 3.

Update: Insider Tom Silverstein confirms that Finley has a neck injury but has movement and feeling in all extremities.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley's fantasy stock might see the biggest boost from WR Randall Cobb's injury.  Finley has averaged 7 targets and 5 catches in his 4 full games this season.  Both numbers figure to rise with Cobb out for at least the next 8 weeks.  Insider Tom Silverstein believes Finley will see more time at WR -- i.e. out wide or in the slot.  The athletic 6'5, 247-pounder is certainly capable of dominating there.  Finley has top-5 fantasy upside the rest of the way.

6 months ago

Packers TE Jermichael Finley (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Lions.  He has plenty of upside in what should be a shootout at Lambeau. 

Packers TE Jermichael Finley (concussion) was medically cleared early in the week and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Lions.  He’s safe to get into fantasy lineups.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley (concussion) has been cleared to practice.  He looked 50/50 to play before this news broke.  Of course, his participation in Wednesday’s practice puts him on track to start against Detroit.  Barring a setback, Finley will remain a viable TE1 option.  Recall that the 26-year-old found the end zone in Week 1 and Week 2 -- his last 2 full games.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley (concussion) did not practice on Monday.  It sounds like he sustained a severe head injury back in Week 3, so consider him questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions.  We'll have another update Wednesday.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley revealed that he was knocked unconscious when he sustained a concussion in Week 3's game against the Bengals.  Finley also said his vision was blurred and his "body was on fire."  You can hear him talk about the concussion here.  It's obvious that he suffered a serious head injury.  We'll see if he's able to get cleared in time for this Sunday's game against the Lions.

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