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The drops were bad but he had a ton of targets. He also had a huge play at the end of the game so it doesn't look like Rodgers is giving up on him.

If cobb/jones miss time, I don't see his role decreasing

7 targets = a ton?

If Cobb (or Jones) misses time then I guess I've got to keep starting him over Heath Miller, but if those guys play next week it will be a difficult decision. Consistency vs. upside.

How many drops did he have this week? I did watch the game.

Edit: I meant I didn't watch the game.

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No seriously this time, Bump Finley.

JERMICHAEL FINLEY | TE

by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(05:49 pm ET) Packers tight endJermichael Finley will play wide receiver a lot now that Randall Cobb (broken leg) is out until Week 15, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. That's why the team promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad, the report said.
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No seriously this time, Bump Finley.

JERMICHAEL FINLEY | TE

by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

(05:49 pm ET) Packers tight endJermichael Finley will play wide receiver a lot now that Randall Cobb (broken leg) is out until Week 15, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. That's why the team promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad, the report said.

This is very intriguing. Can't believe it isn't getting more attention.

Is the crowd tired of being let down by Jermichael or what?

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The drops were bad but he had a ton of targets. He also had a huge play at the end of the game so it doesn't look like Rodgers is giving up on him.

If cobb/jones miss time, I don't see his role decreasing

7 targets = a ton?

If Cobb (or Jones) misses time then I guess I've got to keep starting him over Heath Miller, but if those guys play next week it will be a difficult decision. Consistency vs. upside.

How many drops did he have this week? I did watch the game.

Maybe I exaggerated but the fact that he's seeing around 6-8 targets in this offense that spreads the ball around consistently is a good sign. They obviously want him involved. I think a big part of why Finley was so disappointing last season was Rodgers didn't trust him. That seems to be less of an issue this season.

He's te15 in most of my leagues, thats with his bye and leaving a game catchless with a concussion. He has actually been pretty consistent this year. Without Cobb/Jones I think he would have averaged 50-70 yards with a chance at a score for the rest of the season. Now I view that as his baseline and his ceiling has only expanded.

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The drops were bad but he had a ton of targets. He also had a huge play at the end of the game so it doesn't look like Rodgers is giving up on him.

If cobb/jones miss time, I don't see his role decreasing

7 targets = a ton?

If Cobb (or Jones) misses time then I guess I've got to keep starting him over Heath Miller, but if those guys play next week it will be a difficult decision. Consistency vs. upside.

How many drops did he have this week? I did watch the game.

Maybe I exaggerated but the fact that he's seeing around 6-8 targets in this offense that spreads the ball around consistently is a good sign. They obviously want him involved. I think a big part of why Finley was so disappointing last season was Rodgers didn't trust him. That seems to be less of an issue this season.

He's te15 in most of my leagues, thats with his bye and leaving a game catchless with a concussion. He has actually been pretty consistent this year. Without Cobb/Jones I think he would have averaged 50-70 yards with a chance at a score for the rest of the season. Now I view that as his baseline and his ceiling has only expanded.

I agree. He only got 86 targets last year (5.4/game). He's averaging 7 per game so far which is nice. With Cobb being out (10 targets per game) he should see 2-3 more targets each week. If he goes from 7 to 10 targets a game and cuts out the drops then he vaults into elite territory (sounds weird, I know, but 10 per game is only achieved by Graham). But 6 per game without a drop or 7 with a drop and he's a mid-tier TE1 which is what we've seen so far this year. Here's to enjoying the ride while Cobb is out :banned:

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No seriously this time, Bump Finley.

JERMICHAEL FINLEY | TE

by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

(05:49 pm ET) Packers tight endJermichael Finley will play wide receiver a lot now that Randall Cobb (broken leg) is out until Week 15, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. That's why the team promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad, the report said.

This is very intriguing. Can't believe it isn't getting more attention.

Is the crowd tired of being let down by Jermichael or what?

:towelwave:

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No seriously this time, Bump Finley.

JERMICHAEL FINLEY | TE

by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

(05:49 pm ET) Packers tight endJermichael Finley will play wide receiver a lot now that Randall Cobb (broken leg) is out until Week 15, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. That's why the team promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad, the report said.

This is very intriguing. Can't believe it isn't getting more attention.

Is the crowd tired of being let down by Jermichael or what?

:towelwave:

Fool me 43 times, shame on....who?

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No seriously this time, Bump Finley.

JERMICHAEL FINLEY | TE

Report: Jermichael Finley to play receiver a lot

by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

(05:49 pm ET) Packers tight endJermichael Finley will play wide receiver a lot now that Randall Cobb (broken leg) is out until Week 15, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. That's why the team promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad, the report said.

This is very intriguing. Can't believe it isn't getting more attention.

Is the crowd tired of being let down by Jermichael or what?

:towelwave:

Fool me 43 times, shame on....who?
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Finley is what he is at this point, guys. GB had a bunch of injuries at WR last year, too. Not saying he won't be a middle of the road starting TE in FF, but anyone holding their breath waiting on anything more is going to be let down. Again. Finley is JAG who happens to put up FF TE1 numbers d/t the situation.

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No seriously this time, Bump Finley.

JERMICHAEL FINLEY | TE

Report: Jermichael Finley to play receiver a lot

by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

(05:49 pm ET) Packers tight endJermichael Finley will play wide receiver a lot now that Randall Cobb (broken leg) is out until Week 15, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. That's why the team promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad, the report said.

This is very intriguing. Can't believe it isn't getting more attention.

Is the crowd tired of being let down by Jermichael or what?

:towelwave:

Fool me 43 times, shame on....who?
:goodposting:

Finley is what he is at this point, guys. GB had a bunch of injuries at WR last year, too. Not saying he won't be a middle of the road starting TE in FF, but anyone holding their breath waiting on anything more is going to be let down. Again. Finley is JAG who happens to put up FF TE1 numbers d/t the situation.

GB had injuries at WR last year, but not like this. They were missing Jennings for most of the year, but had Nelson, Cobb and Jones to fall back on. Now they've got Nelson and Boykin.

This is most certainly going to mean more involvement for Finley. I would expect 8-10 targets a game to be the norm until Cobb returns. According to PFF he was blocking on about 40% of the plays he was in on. I'd expect that number to be closer to 10%.

Like it or not, he's the 2nd best weapon they have in the passing game right now. He's catching passes from Aaron Rodgers and will be targeted heavily. He's likely to be an upper TE1 until Cobb returns.

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GB had injuries at WR last year, but not like this. They were missing Jennings for most of the year, but had Nelson, Cobb and Jones to fall back on. Now they've got Nelson and Boykin.

This is most certainly going to mean more involvement for Finley. I would expect 8-10 targets a game to be the norm until Cobb returns. According to PFF he was blocking on about 40% of the plays he was in on. I'd expect that number to be closer to 10%.

Like it or not, he's the 2nd best weapon they have in the passing game right now. He's catching dropping passes from Aaron Rodgers and will be targeted heavily. He's likely to be an upper TE1 until Cobb returns.

I kid, I kid.

In any event, his targets will certainly increase some, but I think the bottom line is that he's just not nearly as good as advertised. The only reason he's startable is because of the situation, and even then it's hard to get too excited about it.

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No seriously this time, Bump Finley.

JERMICHAEL FINLEY | TE

Report: Jermichael Finley to play receiver a lot

by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

(05:49 pm ET) Packers tight endJermichael Finley will play wide receiver a lot now that Randall Cobb (broken leg) is out until Week 15, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. That's why the team promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad, the report said.

This is very intriguing. Can't believe it isn't getting more attention.

Is the crowd tired of being let down by Jermichael or what?

:towelwave:

Fool me 43 times, shame on....who?
:goodposting:

Finley is what he is at this point, guys. GB had a bunch of injuries at WR last year, too. Not saying he won't be a middle of the road starting TE in FF, but anyone holding their breath waiting on anything more is going to be let down. Again. Finley is JAG who happens to put up FF TE1 numbers d/t the situation.

GB had injuries at WR last year, but not like this. They were missing Jennings for most of the year, but had Nelson, Cobb and Jones to fall back on. Now they've got Nelson and Boykin.

This is most certainly going to mean more involvement for Finley. I would expect 8-10 targets a game to be the norm until Cobb returns. According to PFF he was blocking on about 40% of the plays he was in on. I'd expect that number to be closer to 10%.

Like it or not, he's the 2nd best weapon they have in the passing game right now. He's catching passes from Aaron Rodgers and will be targeted heavily. He's likely to be an upper TE1 until Cobb returns.

Nelson missed 5 games last year too. With Nelson and Jennings out in weeks 8 and 9. Finley had a combined 3 catches for 30 yards.

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http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/jermichael-finley-again-faces-heightened-expectations-b99122404z1-228278391.html

Green Bay — It's third and 3 late in the fourth quarter and a 5-foot-10 safety is covering 6-5 Jermichael Finley one-on-one?

Don't expect to see that again anytime soon.

It happened with just under 2 minutes to go in the Green Bay Packers' 19-17 victory over Baltimore Sunday and the result was a 52-yard punch in the face to the Ravens' chances.

When Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones are in the lineup with Finley, someone is going to be left one-on-one. Why the Ravens decided Finley would be the one with Cobb (broken leg) and Jones (knee) over on the sideline is anyone's guess.

As the Cleveland Browns prepare to face the Packers, you can bet their third-and-3 defense doesn't feature a one-on-one against Finley. It definitely won't happen with Cobb, and most likely Jones, in street clothes for the Sunday affair at Lambeau Field.

Finley has lived comfortably in the offense this season with lots of no-huddle and a triumvirate of receivers putting pressure on opposing secondaries. He still gets doubled some, but the overall result has been another fast start for the fifth-year tight end.

In five games, one of which he played only six snaps due to a concussion, he has caught 20 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. At this pace, he'll break his career-high of 61 catches and finish about 40 yards shy of his career high in receiving yards.

The problem Finley might face is that without Cobb and Jones, he becomes the No. 1 or No. 2 target of opposing defenses on a down-after-down basis. The Browns probably aren't scrambling to figure out ways to double-team Jarrett Boykin or Myles White, the two guys who are next up on the receiver chain.

"Every year it's like that," Finley said. "It's part of the game. If you're a football person, you'll know why you're not getting open or not getting the ball because it's a double-team. It's a way to get other guys open.

"It's all about doing what I can do to help the team win, not do too much."

Finley has some history with exaggerated expectations, most notably during his contract year of 2011. Instead of letting the offense come to him, he pressed and became frustrated that he wasn't getting the ball enough.

When he did get the ball, he dropped it too often, seven in the first 12 games, five of them on third downs. The harder he tried, the worse it got and the more the fans got on him.

Last year, even though he vowed to play trouble-free, the first eight games were more of the same. It wasn't until a bye-week break that he ditched the weight vest he had been carrying around and just played football.

From that point on, his focus has been on playing carefree and without preconceived ideas of how many passes should come his way.

"That's just something I have to do is keep my head level, do what I'm supposed to do, do it the right way and do it fast," he said. "That's what I'm about right now. That's what's helping me, that's what's making me play well."

It's logical to wonder whether some of the ghosts of Finley past will resurface with Cobb and Jones out and the offense in need of someone to stretch the field. Finley has been more tight end than receiver this season and has played off the success of the receivers.

Now he could be one of them.

Most of those around Finley seem to think he's past worrying about how many balls he's getting and posting extraordinary numbers. No one with the Packers has said anything this week about Finley having to play like a wide receiver or pick up the slack for the injured wideouts.

They want him to continue doing what he has been doing.

"I definitely think there were times when he put unnecessary pressure on himself," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "We've all been encouraging him to just be himself. We need Jermichael feeling confident, comfortable, being himself.

"When he does that, he makes some big-time plays. He's been on a roll since last year midseason and it's because he's comfortable with who he is as a Green Bay Packer in this locker room."

Maybe privately the coaches are worried about Finley remaining grounded, but publicly they're not fretting about it.

"I never thought about it until you brought it up," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said.

"I think he just knows that his confidence level is pretty high, he knows that he's going to get opportunities and he feels like he's been given a fair shake," tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot said. "And as long as we continue to produce, he'll get more opportunities. That's no secret."

Finley's more cordial relationship with Rodgers seems to have played a role in accepting a complementary role. In the last two games, Finley has been targeted 13 times, second only to Nelson's 17 and if he's open there's no reason for those numbers to drop.

The question that remains is, will opposing teams decide to take him out of the equation by being physical with him at the line of scrimmage and devoting a second defender to his area? With the Browns able to match talented cornerback Joe Haden on Nelson, they might be free to put two guys on Finley.

"I would think whatever Jermichael gets, they're going to try to disrupt the flow of him running routes," Fontenot said. "That's not a secret. I think most teams in the NFL if you tried to shut down any one receiver that's probably how you're going to do it.

"Double-team is a good way to do that. Putting your best defender on that kid can be another way to do it. There are tools to beat those things. That's what we're focusing on."

Rodgers has another answer to the doubling of Finley, something he thinks can take the pressure off him.

"The thing that is different about our offense this year is that if you choose to double Jordy or Jermichael now, we're going to run the football. We've been running it pretty well. They want to double one of those guys, they're going to have to stop the run. I'm more than happy to call it"

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No seriously this time, Bump Finley.

JERMICHAEL FINLEY | TE

by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

(05:49 pm ET) Packers tight endJermichael Finley will play wide receiver a lot now that Randall Cobb (broken leg) is out until Week 15, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. That's why the team promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner from the practice squad, the report said.

Well that was fast. Central guy on the first drive. That TD catch and run was pretty great.

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How bad is his injury, anyone hear?

Not good. His agent just posted on twitter that football doesn't matter right now.

It is a neck injury which temporarily caused him to lose all the feeling in his body. The good news is he was able to move all his extremities shortly afterwards but he is in hospital where they are running tests.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-green-bay-packers-jermichael-finley-2013-1020,0,7078673.story

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Hopefully they're just being cautious and it's not too serious. Hate seeing neck injuries.

Not too serious? I think this is as serious as it gets. Sad news, but they don't put people in ICU unless it's serious. Posted the below Wikipedia reference.

An intensive care unit (ICU), also known as a critical care unit (CCU), intensive therapy unit or intensive treatment unit (ITU) is a special department of a hospital or healthcare facility that provides intensive care medicine.

Intensive Care Units cater to patients with the most severe and life-threatening illnesses and injuries; that require constant, close monitoring and support from specialist equipment and medication in order to maintain normal bodily functions. They are staffed by highly trained doctors and critical care nurses who specialise in caring for seriously ill patients. Common conditions that are treated within ICU's include those such as trauma, multiple organ failure and sepsis.

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Hopefully they're just being cautious and it's not too serious. Hate seeing neck injuries.

Not too serious? I think this is as serious as it gets. Sad news, but they don't put people in ICU unless it's serious. Posted the below Wikipedia reference.

An intensive care unit (ICU), also known as a critical care unit (CCU), intensive therapy unit or intensive treatment unit (ITU) is a special department of a hospital or healthcare facility that provides intensive care medicine.

Intensive Care Units cater to patients with the most severe and life-threatening illnesses and injuries; that require constant, close monitoring and support from specialist equipment and medication in order to maintain normal bodily functions. They are staffed by highly trained doctors and critical care nurses who specialise in caring for seriously ill patients. Common conditions that are treated within ICU's include those such as trauma, multiple organ failure and sepsis.

The fact that he had feeling in his extremities is what makes me hopeful it is a precautionary measure. I know it's a very serious situation but I'm hoping they are being super cautious just to avoid things turning for the worse. Either way, I'm not going to argue about being hopeful for a guy that had what has a chance to be a serious and life altering injury.

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Hopefully they're just being cautious and it's not too serious. Hate seeing neck injuries.

Not too serious? I think this is as serious as it gets. Sad news, but they don't put people in ICU unless it's serious. Posted the below Wikipedia reference.

An intensive care unit (ICU), also known as a critical care unit (CCU), intensive therapy unit or intensive treatment unit (ITU) is a special department of a hospital or healthcare facility that provides intensive care medicine.

Intensive Care Units cater to patients with the most severe and life-threatening illnesses and injuries; that require constant, close monitoring and support from specialist equipment and medication in order to maintain normal bodily functions. They are staffed by highly trained doctors and critical care nurses who specialise in caring for seriously ill patients. Common conditions that are treated within ICU's include those such as trauma, multiple organ failure and sepsis.

The fact that he had feeling in his extremities is what makes me hopeful it is a precautionary measure. I know it's a very serious situation but I'm hoping they are being super cautious just to avoid things turning for the worse. Either way, I'm not going to argue about being hopeful for a guy that had what has a chance to be a serious and life altering injury.

Nah, I am not getting on you for being hopeful. I just want many to know ICU is no joke.

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Packers' Jermichael Finley confident he will play again

By Chris Wesseling

Around the League Writer

Just a week ago, Jermichael Finley's football future was in question after suffering a scary spinal contusion against the Cleveland Browns.

Now, the Green Bay Packers tight end is confident that he will strap on his helmet again some day in the not too distant future.

"Of course I plan to play football again," Finley wrote on TheMMQB.com. "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."

Finley compared the injury to a bad car accident that shocked his spine. He's still improving by the day. In fact, his motor skills, coordination and balance all are back to normal.

That hardly was a given in the moments after Finley absorbed the hit from Browns safety Tashaun Gipson.

"I was very conscious, but I could not move," Finley poignantly wrote. "I looked at my teammate Andrew Quarless directly in the eye and whispered, 'Help me, Q. I can't move. I can't breathe.' The scariest moment was seeing the fear in Q's eyes. I knew something was wrong, but his reaction verified it. That really shook me up."

Packers doctors don't yet know if the injury will end Finley's season. That would be a tremendous source of stress in a contract year, had Finley not taken out a disability policy that will pay him $10 million tax-free if he never plays another down in the NFL.

"I can sleep at night," Finley added, "knowing that regardless of what happens, my family is financially secure forever -- maybe the biggest odds I'll ever overcome."

The Packers have a history of career-ending neck injuries, as neither wide receiver Sterling Sharpe nor safety Nick Collins ever played again after undergoing cervical fusion surgery on their vertebrae. The difference in Finley's case is that there's no surgical procedure and no damage to the vertebrae.

To this point, all signs are positive on Finley's future.

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Rotoworld:

Jermichael Finley (bruised spinal cord) will have more medical visits this week before the Packers make a decision on whether to place him on IR.

Finley wrote an extremely compelling first-person account of his injury and the fallout for SI.com. In it, he said that doctors believe it's a matter of when, not if, he'll play football again. However, all he can do now is let the two-centimeter bruise on his spinal cord heal and gather more medical opinions on his complicated injury. Finley can safely be considered out indefinitely.
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No surprise, but officially on IR.

Not surprised both from his own health standpoint...and needing roster space badly.

Looks like they did activate Sherrod.

Thought they might with Lang getting concussed last night and the trainwreck that was Barclay at guard and Newhouse at RT.

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Mark Chmura was on 540am in Milwaukee today. He said he spoke with Finley yesterday and was told that he has to have surgery on the 3-4 vertebrae on Friday. He went on to say he would bet that Finley's career is over.

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Mark Chmura was on 540am in Milwaukee today. He said he spoke with Finley yesterday and was told that he has to have surgery on the 3-4 vertebrae on Friday. He went on to say he would bet that Finley's career is over.

Finley retweeted it later and responded "False!"

Im sure he wants to try...but with the surgery...not sure the Packers docs will now clear him.

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Mark Chmura was on 540am in Milwaukee today. He said he spoke with Finley yesterday and was told that he has to have surgery on the 3-4 vertebrae on Friday. He went on to say he would bet that Finley's career is over.

Finley retweeted it later and responded "False!"

Im sure he wants to try...but with the surgery...not sure the Packers docs will now clear him.

I've read Finley's twitter timeline and don't see where he responded to anything regarding this. I know Finley and the Packers both said reports the he needed surgery were false but those were responses to reports from weeks ago, not this specific report. If this report is new and accurate it's huge news. Hard to see a guy guaranteed $10 million for not playing trying to play after spinal surgery.

Also the Packer docs have nothing to do with his future since he's not the property of the Packers after this season.

ETA-Chmura also stating on ESPN Milwaukee that Finley is getting surgery on Friday. Seems plausible but than Chmura is the only one reporting this which is especially odd that Chmura would have scoop on Finley considering their past history: http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Jermichael-Finley-looked-over-Mark-Chmuras-little-accident.html

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I also heard the interview. Chmura said he talked to Finley on the sidelines before the game on Sunday. He was just speculating and had no inside information on Finley's status. Finley's injury is between the 3-4 vertebrae. Basically the lower the numbers the worse the injury. Chmura's back injury was 5-6 and Packers wanted nothing to do with him. I think Nick Collins injury that ended his career was to the 3-4 vertebrae. Packers and the rest of the league wouldn't touch him. He also said that Finley wants to play again but Chmura would be surprised if any team took the risk with him. Pure speculation on Chmura's part.

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Mark Chmura was on 540am in Milwaukee today. He said he spoke with Finley yesterday and was told that he has to have surgery on the 3-4 vertebrae on Friday. He went on to say he would bet that Finley's career is over.

Finley retweeted it later and responded "False!"

Im sure he wants to try...but with the surgery...not sure the Packers docs will now clear him.

I've read Finley's twitter timeline and don't see where he responded to anything regarding this. I know Finley and the Packers both said reports the he needed surgery were false but those were responses to reports from weeks ago, not this specific report. If this report is new and accurate it's huge news. Hard to see a guy guaranteed $10 million for not playing trying to play after spinal surgery.

Also the Packer docs have nothing to do with his future since he's not the property of the Packers after this season.

ETA-Chmura also stating on ESPN Milwaukee that Finley is getting surgery on Friday. Seems plausible but than Chmura is the only one reporting this which is especially odd that Chmura would have scoop on Finley considering their past history: http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Jermichael-Finley-looked-over-Mark-Chmuras-little-accident.html

Will look for it...I don't think he was meaning the surgery talk was false...but was inferring he would play again.

Wondering if he pulled it...not seeing Finley's tweet on that anymore.

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I also heard the interview. Chmura said he talked to Finley on the sidelines before the game on Sunday. He was just speculating and had no inside information on Finley's status. Finley's injury is between the 3-4 vertebrae. Basically the lower the numbers the worse the injury. Chmura's back injury was 5-6 and Packers wanted nothing to do with him. I think Nick Collins injury that ended his career was to the 3-4 vertebrae. Packers and the rest of the league wouldn't touch him. He also said that Finley wants to play again but Chmura would be surprised if any team took the risk with him. Pure speculation on Chmura's part.

Thought I read where one of them was the 1-2 vert.

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Rotoworld:

Impending free agent Jermichael Finley (neck) said he's not looking to take a discount because of his season-ending injury.

Finley didn't just suffer any "season-ending injury;" he is trying to come back from a serious neck issue, one that has ended careers in the past. Finley underwent single-fusion surgery on his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae in November and has been rehabbing in Green Bay and Minneapolis. He remains hopeful he'll play again. It's hard to see any team committing significant guaranteed money to Finley before he gets back on the field and proves he's healthy. He's our No. 3 free-agent tight end.
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Antrel Rolle is trying to recruit free agent Jermichael Finley to sign with the Giants.

It's also worth noting that new Giants OC Ben McAdoo comes from Green Bay. Disappointing Brandon Myers is expected to walk as a free agent, opening up a hole in New York. Finley would certainly be an exciting option as a difference-making pass-catcher, and will also come at a discounted price thanks to his spinal surgery. Finley's agent says his client will be cleared for contact in 3-4 weeks. The Giants should at least kick the tires here.
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Player rep Blake Baratz said free agent Jermichael Finley (neck surgery) is "working out, running routes, catching balls."

Finley "feels no different than he did pre-injury," according to Baratz. The agent went on to say that his client would love to finish his career with the Packers, but he expects a number of other teams to show interest -- especially once Finley is cleared for contact. The Giants have already been linked, in part due to the presence of former Packers tight ends coach Ben McAdoo.
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I've always felt the amount of weapons in GB kind of hurt Finley's production. He needs to go somewhere like... say Buffalo who are one of the few teams that will probably be foolish enough to give him a big extension and where he will see a high volume of targets.

I think he ends up on a 1 year "prove it" deal, much like Keller did last year. If he does end up signing a low multiyear deal, concerns about his neck could be more serious than they're letting it on.

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