Jermichael Finley Says Jermichael Finley Isn’t Playing

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Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley is at it again.

Yesterday, the Green Bay Packers tight end said he woke up with a sore knee and then more or less said he didn’t want to play on Sunday. When asked if he thought it would be smart to keep him out of the game against Detroit, Finley offered this assessment.

“Would it be smart? Of course it would be smart; everybody thinks that,” Finley said. “But I ain’t the head coach or the GM, so I’m going to leave that up to them.”

The tight end then sat out practice and was listed on the team’s injury report, much to the surprise of coach Mike McCarthy. How he got on the injury report without McCarthy knowing is beyond us, but the coach wasn’t happy about it. The Journal Sentinel described his tone as miffed.

“I really don’t have a whole lot of information on Jermichael. It was last minute, I didn’t find out about it until right before practice, so I have no feeling for Jermichael Finley right now.”

Finley went on to tell them how his legs were beat up.

“I came in this morning and just felt that my legs were beat up,” Finley said. “I thought it was a day where I could get my legs back under me (by resting). Sunday is what counts. That was my thought.”

It sounds to us like the dude just wanted to be lazy and sit on the sidelines for a day, which is kind of what we want to do when we’re hungover. Usually, we work anyway, though.

It seems like curious behavior for a guy who’s looking for a new contract.

Meanwhile, Finley had plenty of time to pimp his new shirts and website via Twitter. They say YOTTO, have a picture of Finley with his arms raised and range from $24 to $54 in price. The pricier items are autographed.

If you’ve forgotten, and we know many of you have, YOTTO stands for year of the takeover. We can pretty confidently say this year, that was not.

Finley hasn’t had a bad season, but if he was taking over, you’d think he’d at least have made the Pro Bowl. The NFC’s tight ends are New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham and Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez. Yeah, 65-year-old Tony Gonzalez, not Jermichael Finley.

Jermichael Finley with the sore knee.

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25 Comments on "Jermichael Finley Says Jermichael Finley Isn’t Playing"

  1. GreenBastard

    See ya Finley. I hope the Packers get rid of him. He can go bitch about his mangina hurting somewhere else as far as im concerned

  2. Diane

    Jermichael said Jermichael isn’t playing, well it’s contract time and I hope Ted Thompson says, “Jermichael isn’t playing.” We don’t need this prima dona on this team. He is a legend in his own mind. Bye, bye Jermichael!

  3. Big AL

    I said before the season started that the fucker was going to be trouble for the Pack & look at the cunt now. Package him Neal , Peprah & our #1 pick after the season for a top 5 pick & get us a stud on the D-line to help Raji for the next 5-6 yrs. Him motto should be YOTPF, year of the pussy fart!!!!!!!!

    • Savage57

      Have been screaming the same every chance I get since last year. Dude had one great game against the Cards in 09 and was crowned.

      Want to see some full on man-love bromance for this head case? Go to the Journal Sentinel website and post something negative about FinME. Posters dripping jizz off their chins hammer you and sing his praises.

      I hope TT channels his 2008 mojo and gives this asshole the BF treatment. If in his contract year this is the best this guy can do on and off the field, I for one, say, fuck him.

  4. Abe Frohman

    Everything I’ve read about Finley says he has the best hands on the team and is very natural catching the ball. I’m thinking the drops are a function of him trying too hard to “take over.” Just chill and stop thinking/pressing so much. The dude is probably one of the best athletes on the field at any given time as the playoff performance against AZ a few years back can attest.

    On the contractual side, I think he’s cost himself some cash. MM has never really complained about his effort or his attitude. He’s just immature and runs his mouth more than he should. He’ll figure it out….and he will be back.

  5. Bill B

    What a little punk. I hate players with this attitude. Too bad he has so much talent that GB might keep butterfingers around for another year or 2. Wonder if he is like TO or Chad Ocho type of guy in the locker room. Let’s get another ring in a few weeks and keep this cancer to the curb.

  6. some guy

    I like how people are convincing themselves Finley ends up anywhere back in GB next year. You realize that in spite of all the drops he’s having his best year yet, don’t you? He’s more than 2 full yards/catch above his rate from the breakout ’09 season. He’s sustaining production that is above even what he pulled off in the 5 games before he got hurt last year.

    The drops are a problem. His attitude can be a problem. If you think those overwhelm the kid’s talent and ability to open things up for the other receivers, or that he won’t be back next year, you’re hallucinating.

  7. nurseratchett

    Well, its nice to see Tweetiebird showing his true colors. As you all know, I wrote him off when he tweeted about not getting the ball then dropped 4 passes the very next game.

    Have fun with Ted Thompson at your contract meeting, Finley. Lets hope TT shows him the door, not the money.

  8. Chas

    I will admit I have defended Finley. And now have my doubts. I think he maybe looking for an out of why is playing poorly. He can use a bullshit knee injury to defend his drops, and lack of seperation of defenders.. I don’t see him back..He may help us in this playoff push and thats great. After this season, Ted will try and get him just at or under fair market value. If he balks let him walk.

  9. Jerry- L.A."s #1 PK FN

    Im glad I never bought his jersey. Maybe he and JaMarcus Russell can go play together if they muster enough energy to go and play with their huge diamond earrings. Kick em Ted…

  10. Shawn iltarion

    Well, dude made it through the entire season healthy. So, that is pretty amazing as it is. If he wants to take Sunday off, I don’t really have a problem with that.

    You would think he would want all the stats he could get with his contract up.

    I’m not too comfortable with this team seemingly content to go into the playoffs having lost 2 of 3, but it is what it is.

    • nurseratchett

      I hope they don’t franchise tag this kid…potential locker room poison–then in essence keeping him against his will….sounds volatile to me.

  11. Adam

    Hahaha, Coach McCarthy said otherwise:

    “McCarthy did confirm that several prominent players have been ruled out for the game:…….. Left tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring/back), tight end Jermichael Finley (knee) and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (concussion) will all be available.”

  12. rebelgb

    ^Adam dude your post hurt my head. Did you read that shit? Is he fucking available or is he fucking ruled out?

    No way this guy stays on this team. All you “Finley is the man” people better just recognize this is TT and MM team and they dont play games. Do you not remember them running fucking Brett Goddamn Favre out of town? Brett Fucking Favre! Do you really think they will have a problem with this fucking toaster oven?

  13. Ryan

    I personally think this is an overreaction. I was annoyed with Finley’s comments at the beginning of the season and have been frustrated with his drops, but I do like the guy. I follow him (and his wife) on Twitter and I think that he is a good guy, with a bit of a loud mouth. But, for the most part, he has kept that under control this year.

    I do think he has cost himself some cash this year, but I’d like to see him stay on the team. He is the best tight end we have and he commands a lot of attention from defenses which frees up Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings and the like.

  14. Mark

    The reasons for his actions last week are two fold. 1) He wants people to think he is playing at a high level even though he has bad legs. 2) He wants MM to sit him Sunday so people think he is to important to the team to get injured before the playoffs! WHAT A BABY!!! waa

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