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Jermichael Finley is Undergoing Spinal Fusion Surgery

Jermichael Finley injury

We told you about Mark Chmura’s comments on current Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley yesterday. Chmura said Finley was going to have surgery and wouldn’t play again.

Well, he was at least half right.

Finley will indeed undergo surgery — spinal fusion surgery — but he plans on playing again.

Finley’s agent, Blake Baratz, released a statement on Wednesday saying as much.

Regarding Jermichael’s specific injury, it is important to note that expert opinions differ across the board, from surgical procedures to rehabilitation methods to returning to contact sports. Working alongside the Packers organization, we have discussed and analyzed all of these opinions, as well as all of the potential scenarios moving forward. 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. Jermichael has elected to undergo a spinal fusion with Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh Steelers team Neurosurgeon. Dr. Maroon is experienced in conducting this type of procedure on professional athletes in contact sports, and is confident that Jermichael will fully recover following the procedure. Once surgery has been completed, Jermichael has every intention of resuming his football career, and we fully support his efforts to do so.

While Finley may want to play again, this doesn’t necessarily mean he will.

As we’ve noted, Finley is in the final year of his contract with the Packers. So, even if he’s cleared to play, that doesn’t mean he’ll be back in Green Bay.

These things are a mixed bag, too.

Nick Collins underwent spinal fusion surgery and never played another down of NFL football. Peyton Manning did as well, sat out a year, and is now tearing shit up.

So can Finley return after having surgery? It’s not unprecedented, but it’s not guaranteed either.

In any case, we probably won’t know which way this will go until sometime next season.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Chad Lundberg November 14, 2013

    With each passing week, I become more convinced with what I’ve already said. Finley’s career is OVER!

    And for crying out loud, am I the only one who thinks this is a good thing? Not because I hate Finley or anything like that, it’s just that it saves us from having to go through the whole drama process of not giving him the contract he wants. I GUARANTEE you that Finley would have done just about everything possible to get the absolute biggest contract he could get, and now that won’t have to happen.

    If he actually got a contract around $7 million a year, and started playing like a chump again (dropping balls like crazy), that would have been the worst scenario of all. Perfect opportunity to get more cap space.

    1. K.L. November 14, 2013

      Lol no. I guarantee you if we don’t keep him, another team would take him in a heartbeat.

  2. the real russ letlow November 14, 2013

    if he continues to play, I don’t see him getting a big contract until whatever team that signs him sees that he is OK; and I really don’t see the Pack re-signing him. They are real conservative with those neck injuries, Richardson being the exception. And he hasn’t played again yet, so he could be sent on his way as well.

    1. Abe Frohman November 14, 2013

      except with Sean Richardson….Collins injury was closer to the brain stem. Similar injury, but different location. JMike’s is more like Peyton Manning’s and Richards than Nick Collins.

  3. T Pack November 14, 2013

    I have said from the onset of the injury that Finley willnever play again. Nor should he. For him & his families life why put everyone through this again. Manning did it and honestly a QB isn’t going to sustain multiple hits like a TE would.
    Also I agree no way should the Pack resign him. He could be out another year or so. Why jam ourselves up with that. Move on.

  4. Phatgzus November 14, 2013

    Well, if he does return to the NFL it seems like it may be with the Steelers.

  5. Vijay November 14, 2013

    #1 Eric Ebron
    #2 Jace Amaro
    #3 Devin Funchess (should he declare early)

    Some soon to be draft eligible playmaking TEs

  6. GBslacker November 15, 2013

    I would think the 2014 is a wash.

    Off-season and training camp aren’t happening.

    If he were a Packer, they might PUP him. But it’s not likely he’s re-signed by the Pack — for what? to get paid to do nothing?

    He might be able to get back on the scene by the 2015 season. But what outfit would risk it?