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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NFL Injury Update: Jermichael Finley to undergo more tests

By on 7/15/2014 09:00:00 AM

After a late October hit by Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, it appeared likely that 27-year-old Jermichael Finley's playing days were over. However, he is looking forward to medical tests Wednesday that could land him on a roster.

The now former Green Bay Packer, and current free agent tight end, had suffered a spinal contusion and had to have his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae fused. Dr. Joeseph Maroon, a neurosurgeon with the Pittsburgh Steelers, performed Finley's surgery and cleared him to return to football in May.

The Steelers and Packers are among the many teams interested in Finley's services. But he wants to remain patient during the recovery process, telling USA TODAY that he wants to continue his career, but wants a deal that will compel him to do so. He can walk away from the NFL right now and can collect a $10 million insurance policy.

"As long as I wait, you know and I know, guys are going to go down and the money's going to shoot up," Finley said, "It's all a waiting game right now."

Finley has 223 career catches for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is an extremely talented receiving tight end and a physical weapon. Wednesday's tests will include an MRI and CAT scan to show how the spine is healing. If the results are positive, there could be a lot more money on the table for Finley.

"This is a huge week for me," Finley said, "and I'm a competitor, so I'm looking forward to it."

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