Jermichael Finley reportedly failed physical with Seahawks

Jermichael FinleyJermichael Finley is determined to continue his NFL career despite suffering a devastating spinal cord injury last season that had some wondering if he would be able to have full motion in his body again.

Finley had spinal fusion surgery on Nov. 14 and is already looking into playing in the upcoming season. He visited the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago, to but, according Green Bay Press Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty, Finley failed his physical with the team.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn reports that the Seahawks essentially told Finley to stay in touch as he continues to recover. They also say Finley is at least two months away and possibly more from being ready to sign with a team, so that seems to coincide with the report that he failed his physical.

This news really should not come as much of a surprise; it’s going to take a lot more than five months of recovery time before Finley is cleared to begin playing football again, regardless of what he may be hoping.

Jermichael Finley takes shot at Mark Chmura, insists he is not done with football

Jermichael-Finley-Tim-Tebow-CoverageGreen Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley underwent successful spinal fusion surgery on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Andrea Kremer of the NFL network reported that Finley was up and walking around on Thursday afternoon and plans to return to Green Bay this week. He is also hoping to start working out again in a few weeks and is aiming for a recovery period of about three to four months.

Finley suffered a serious injury when he was hit in the head during a game against the Cleveland Browns earlier this season. He later insisted that he will play football again despite the spinal injury, but former Packers tight end Mark Chmura has expressed skepticism. Earlier this week, Chmura said he would bet his “bottom dollar” that Finley’s NFL career is over. Finley tweeted and deleted a response to Chmura on Thursday, and ESPNWisconsin.com’s Jeff Wilde was able to capture it.

Hopefully Finley’s optimism pays off. We don’t blame him for taking issue with Chmura’s comments. Chmura’s not a doctor, and he shouldn’t be going around guaranteeing that Finley never plays again. What does that accomplish? Is he just hoping to be able to say, “I told ya so?” Here’s hoping Finley has a full and speedy recovery.

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Jermichael Finley plans to play football again

Jermichael Finley stretcher

Jermichael Finley says he plans to play football again despite suffering a serious spinal cord injury two weeks ago that sent him to ICU and left many wondering if he would be able to regain full motion in his body.

The Green Bay Packers tight end wrote a firsthand account of what happened to him in the team’s Week 7 win over the Cleveland Browns when he got hurt. Writing for SI’s Monday Morning Quarterback section, Finley shares with readers a chilling account of what it was like laying on the field and having to be carted off on a stretcher. He says he could not move most of his body and wondered if the hit was karma for all he had done wrong. He shared what it was like seeing the fear in teammate Andrew Quarless’ eyes.

Finley says he has a disability insurance policy that could pay out $10 million if he never plays again, so he’s not worried about his finances. But he isn’t planning to cash in on that policy.

Of course I plan to play football again. This is what I love to do. I love the game. I love Sundays. Based on the feedback I’ve received from doctors at this point, the question is not if I’ll play again, but when. There is no better feeling in the world than making the “Lambeau Leap” into the stands, and I fully intend on having that surreal feeling again soon. I will do everything in my power to rehab and get back to the player I have been, and improve into the player I know I can be.

Finley admits he has fear and that he is still recovering. He describes his injury as being in a bad car accident from which he is healing little by little.

I’m sure there are many people who will advise him to walk away from the game after that situation, but if he wants to play and doctors clear him, that’s his decision. We also know that weeks before the injury, Finley said his son asked him to stop playing. This is exactly why.

Jermichael Finley out of ICU, has full feeling in legs and arms

Jermichael Finley stretcher

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley shared some positive news about his recovery from a spinal injury.

A day after being carted off the field on a stretcher after being hit in the head against the Cleveland Browns, Finley has left the intensive care unit at the hospital and says he now has full feeling in his legs and arms and that he was able to walk. He shared the news in a series of tweets:

ESPN reported that Finley has a bruised spinal cord. The team initially said he had a neck injury.

Finley had 5 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in the 31-13 win. He sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of the game.

Any time a player gets carted off with a neck or spinal cord injury, you obviously have to be seriously concerned about their health. We’re extremely happy and relieved to hear that Finley has full feeling in his legs and arms and hope he will be able to make a full recovery.

Jermichael Finley reportedly recovering in ICU after Tashaun Gipson hit

Jermichael-Finley-hitGreen Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finely is reportedly recovering in the intensive care unit at a Cleveland hospital and has regained almost all movement. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson, tests have all come back negative with more scheduled this week. Ian Rapoport of the NFL.com added even better news, reporting that Finley is expected to be released on Monday.

During a win over the Cleveland Browns on sunday, Finley was hit by safety Tashaun Gipson and had to be carted off the field. It sounded like he initially lost movement in some of his extremities, though the team later announced that he was able to move. Packers tight end Andrew Quarless described the frightening scene.

“He couldn’t move at the time,” Quarless said. “So I just told him, ‘Just stay here, just lay here, don’t move.’ That look he had in his eyes, that was something that stuck with me. It really hurt me just to see him like that. My brother was out there on the ground.”

Neck injuries are always particularly concerning, so it’s good to hear that Finley’s tests have come back negative. Gipson was flagged for helmet-to-helmet contact on the play, although he appeared to lead with his shoulder.

“[It was] all shoulder,” Gipson said. “The crown of my head did not go down whatsoever. It was a shoulder hit. I don’t know the place where it hit him exactly. I just know I saw him break out of the middle. He was running a slant. I’m driving on the ball. There’s a collision, and he’s down. I really haven’t watched the play, so I can’t really tell you what happened. I was just going out there playing physical.”

To me, it did not appear that Gipson had any malicious intent. Serious injuries aren’t always caused by head hunting. Here’s hoping Finley makes a full recovery.

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Jermichael Finley carted off after hit to the head (GIF)

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was carted off the field on a stretcher Sunday after taking a hit to the head in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns.

Finley was hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson after making a 10-yard catch. Though Finley was hit in the head, Gipson appeared to lead with his shoulder despite being penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Finley was down on the ground at Lambeau Field and transported to an ambulance. The team said he has a neck injury and feeling in his extremities. Finley also had a concussion in Week 3.

Here’s another angle of the play:

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Jermichael Finley, Jared Cook, Zach Sudfeld highlight fantasy tight end sleepers

Jermichael-Finley-Tim-Tebow-CoverageThe tight end position is looking like it could be one of the most difficult to draft in fantasy football this season. Basically, you have New Orleans Saints stud Jimmy Graham at the top of the list. Underneath Graham, you have everyone else.

Rob Gronkowski is as much of a beast as Graham when healthy, but the timetable for his return remains unclear. He is worth drafting in the early rounds because of how dominant he will be when he plays, but the multiple surgeries he had over the offseason obviously make him a risk. Tony Gonzalez is also as close to a sure thing as you can get, though he won’t make the type of impact Graham or a healthy Gronk should.

But there are several other intriguing names out there, which is why we wanted to tell you about three of our favorite tight end sleepers: Jermichael Finley, Jared Cook and Zach Sudfeld.

A few years ago, Finley looked like a breakout candidate and a lock to become one of the top fantasy tight ends for years to come. It never worked out that way, and he has become more known for dropping passes than his game-changing ability. However, Finley has gotten past rumors that the Packers are looking to get rid of him and is entering a contract year. Not to mention, Green Bay’s coaches have been praising his work this offseason.

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