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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Packers' Jermichael Finley to be Cleared by Doctors in the Coming Month

By on 2/01/2014 07:30:00 PM

Green Bay Packers' tight end Jermichael Finley will return to the field, and sooner than anticipated. The vocal pass catcher had season ending surgery on his neck last season, with whispers of his career ending prematurely due to the severity and location of the injury.
His injury was similar to Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning's, in that it required fusion, with the results hard to prognosticate. Guess who's back?

In an interview with Radio Row and Pro Football Talk, Finley stated that he has already been cleared for pass catching and route running activities, with the looming prospect of allowing contact to be addressed within the next month by his doctor - the very same doctor that has recently pegged his healthy return at "99.9%."

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Finley is always outspoken, and has realized that he might not be a Packer next season. With a bevy of talented skill position players already in place, the Packers will use what extra coin they have to try and assemble a defense worthy of standing strong in the playoffs. There isn't a defensive player on the Packers that doesn't have recurring nightmares of 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

When Finley isn't beset by injury, he is a very talented offensive piece. When healthy, he is a lock for 50+ catches and 600-yards - far from gaudy stats, but effective, nonetheless. Long story short, teams will be knocking on his door once he is cleared for contact.

Finley has ramped up his stock recently, stating that he is "eyeballing" the Seattle Seahawks as a potential landing zone next season. With only Luke Willson and Zach Miller in the rotation at tight end, the 'Hawks should be intrigued by Finley, with much of it dependent on how they view the future of Willson.

While much remains to be seen, don't expect Finley to be quiet about his future.


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