Posted November 13, 2013

Agent: Packers tight end Jermichael Finley to undergo spinal surgery

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Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was carted off the field after suffering a neck injury. (Tom Lynn/AP Photo)

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was carted off the field after suffering a neck injury. (Tom Lynn/AP Photo)

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley will undergo spinal fusion surgery in an attempt to resume his playing career, according to a statement released Wednesday by Finley’s agent.

Finley was injured last month during a 31-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns, which resulted in Finley suffering temporary paralysis.  The team has since placed him on injured reserve, ending his season.

Finley, 26, is in the last season of a two-year, $14 million contract he signed in 2012. Finley had 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns this season before being injured.

“We have collectively determined that while surgery may not be 100 percent necessary, it is a proactive measure that should alleviate future risks with regards to a similar episode or re-injury,” Finley’s agent Blake Baratz said in a statement. “Once surgery has been completed, Jermichael has every intention of resuming his football career, and we fully support his efforts to do so.”

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12 comments
vcm
vcm

Seeing how the Green Bay Packers have handled these kinds of injuries with players in the past, Finley's run in Green Bay is over. Nick Collins was ready to play too but Green Bay said no. Mark Chmura was the same case along with Sterling Sharpe. The list goes on. Finley did some good things for the Packers Organization and it'd be nice to see him back and play again but based on how they have done business when it came to things like this,  I'm pretty sure he is done in Green Bay.

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

I had that surgery for C5 C6 and C7 20 years ago.  I hate to say it but this guys career is over.  He would be very stupid to ever ever play football again as one bad hit could paralyze him.

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

Football is the true game of Survivor.  I hope the surgery goes well, but he should consider very carefully whether or not playing again is worth the risk.  He came very close to becoming paralyzed.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

As I understand, Finley's injury is at the C3-C4  of the cervical vertebra. If these two vertebra are fused it will substantially reduce his ability to turn his head from side to side. That would seem to make it very difficult to be an effective receiver in the NFL.

therednorth1
therednorth1

My Dad had spinal fusion after a car accident.  It's 30 years later, and he still can't stand for long periods of time.  He worked in manufacturing before, and now all he can do is industrial jobs that involve sitting--something there's not a lot of.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

I hope he saved a good portion of that $14M contract.  That kind of pay day would set most people up for life, living in comfort.  If he saved $6M, he could make $180K per year with a 3% investment.  He may not play again, and if he does, it's going to be difficult to make $7M/yr again.  I would be greatly tempted to walk away from football while I could still walk.

Uhhhhdel
Uhhhhdel

@DanaBunner He has a long term disability contract that will pay him if he can't resume his NFL career. The guy thought ahead.