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Jermichael Finley Says He’ll Be Cleared for Contact Soon

Jermichael Finley injury

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is doing the Super Bowl thing this week and today he told PFT he’ll be cleared for contact in three to four weeks.

That’s pretty surprising for a guy who suffered a serious neck injury during the 2013 season that ultimately required spinal fusion surgery.

Finley has already been cleared to run routes and catch passes and says his doctor is 99.9 percent confident that he will be able to successfully resume his career.

Whether the Green Bay Packers allow Finley to resume his career is another question. Finley would have to be cleared by the team’s doctor and that’s a crapshoot.

There have been two instances where Packers have suffered similar injuries. Safety Nick Collins wasn’t cleared to return and safety Sean Richardson was.

There’s also the question of whether the Packers will pay Finley even if he is cleared. He’s about to become a free agent and if he is indeed healthy, will probably be seeking top-tier tight end money.

The Packers are going to have trouble affording that type of contract, but they don’t have much worth talking about at the tight even position after Finley.

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. Sean January 31, 2014

    Wow! Good for him and his family.

    Must not have been “that bad” of a neck injury to be cleared so soon. I doubt we keep him unless they want to franchise him at a projected 6.7 mil next year. That would be cheaper than what he played for this season…which would be pretty evil.

    1. Savage57 February 1, 2014

      There’s this caveat in the CBA tied to the franchise tag that requires a team to pay him 120% of his previous season’s salary if they tag him, regardless of what the league-wide number is for Tight Ends so he doesn’t wind up having to take a ‘pay cut’ if they tag him. So the number would be $9.6MM for FinMe if they went that route.

      Can you say “good-bye?” The guy wasn’t worth anywhere near the $16MM they pissed away on him these last two seasons, so now with his neck fucked up, and the same shitty stone-hands, let’s go ahead and pay him almost $10MM?

      I don’t think so.

      1. Savage57 February 1, 2014

        I forgot to mention his shitty blocking, too.

        Let’s go get a tight end in the draft that plays all of the aspects of the position, isn’t a head-case and can actually catch.

        The Packers went all in on this guy for two seasons, blew the bank on him for dick return and now it’s time to cut the losses and move on.

        And if you think this guy has made some huge character transformation, just watch how this shit plays out. Leopards don’t change their spots.

  2. Tucson Packer January 31, 2014

    Too bad. He was having a great turn around season and attitude.

  3. rebelgb February 1, 2014

    Finley and his agent decided to play “good cop” this season, I didnt buy it for a second.

    Glad he is ok. Hope he gets his money, just not in GB. Time for us to move on.