Packers TE Finley to undergo surgery; Career likely over
It’s been a scary season for Packers tight end Jermichael Finley in 2013. He’s had his bell rung a few times, and his son told him he didn’t want him to play football anymore. After not granting the child’s wish, Finley took a hit that may forever change his life – on and off the field.
Finley is on the injured reserve list for the Packers after landing there after taking a hit that would leave him motionless on the field against the Browns in October. A scary scene for many football fans as he was placed on a stretcher and taken off the field.
The news that followed would be embraced, as Finley regained movement in his extremities – he’d likely miss the entire season with a contusion to his spine – and doctors thought he’d make it back to the football field some day.
Things have since changed, with Finley on injured reserve and away from the team, his recovery hasn’t been broadcasted as much.
In October, doctors said that they may still have to perform a surgery if things hadn’t gone as planned in the rehabilitation process, and that sounds like an option the tight end will have to move forward with, and it may put his career to an end.
Former Packers tight end Mark Chmura spent some time with Finley this weekend and hinted that he has decided to move forward with surgery this week.
“I will give you a little snibbet,” Chmura said via NFL.com. “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) … He’s definitely not gonna play in Green Bay, I’d put my house on that.”
Chmura continued, “I believe he’s undergoing surgery on Thursday. … He literally could not move his neck.”
In a guest piece with Sports Illustrated (Side note: an excellent article, I suggest you read it) in October, Finley reiterated his intent to get back on the field. “Of course I plan to play football again.” He said. “That is what I love to do. I’ll do everything in my power to get back to the player I have been, and improve into the player I know I can be.”
If Chmura is right, that might not be the case, and it would be an unfortunate ordeal for him.
Finley is a free agent at the conclusion of this season. He’s been back from a major injury (meniscus) before, but never an injury like this. Doctors believed at that time that he’d be able to see the field one more time – and if that’s what he wants to do, we hope to see him out there again too.
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