Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley lays on the field after being
injured during the second half of an NFL football game
against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Green
Bay, Wis. Finley left the game on a stretcher.
GREEN BAY —
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a significant neck
injury in the win over the Browns and needs more tests to
determine the severity.
But coach Mike
McCarthy said Monday that Finley was upbeat and "performing
Finley suffered a significant injury," McCarthy said at
Lambeau Field. "As far as the injury, the specifics of it ...
there (are) a lot of, more studies that are going on, opinions to
Finley was taken
to a hospital after being carted off the field in the fourth
quarter following the hit on a 10-yard catch during the 31-13
victory by Cleveland safety Tashaun Gipson, who was whistled for
unsure how long Finley would be in the hospital. And while
McCarthy said it was premature to give a timeline on Finley's
return, it appears Green Bay might be without him for a while.
is very, very upbeat, very positive," McCarthy said.
"Always has a smile on his face, so I mean he's focused on
what's most important, that's his health and his family."
McCarthy said he
had reviewed the film and that he "didn't think it was a
Browns' Tashaun Gipson (39) watches as Green Bay Packers'
Jermichael Finley is taken off the field on a stretcher
after being injured after a catch during the second half of
an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Green Bay,
Said right tackle
Don Barclay in the locker room: "It was a football play. It
was just bad to see it happen."
As hard as it may
be after such a scary sight, the Packers (4-2) will look forward.
They're back atop the NFC North after winning three straight and
head to Minnesota next week for a Sunday night game.
everyone is sad for" Finley, Barclay said. "But we've
got to move on ... Everyone is praying for him. It's great to hear
that he's coming along, everyone is just anxious to get him
Green Bay is
getting used to losing players. Among other key Packers out for
the Browns game were linebackers Clay Matthews (thumb), Nick Perry
(foot) and Brad Jones (hamstring); and receivers Randall Cobb
(leg) and James Jones (knee).
There's at least
some good news on James Jones, who got hurt two weeks ago in the
19-17 win over the Ravens.
to be sidelined about two or three weeks, McCarthy left open the
possibility that the receiver could practice this week. He hopes
to know more Wednesday.
not your normal guy. He's genetically gifted, so we'll see what
happen," McCarthy said.
As of now, it's
just Jordy Nelson left standing from the standout quartet of
options for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
little-used reserve Jarrett Boykin stepped up with career-highs of
eight catches and 103 yards in getting the start with Jones and
Jamari Lattimore (12 tackles) played well in place of Brad Jones,
while McCarthy described Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer as
"solid" in helping to fill in for Matthews and Perry.
That was key
given that top sub Mike Neal had been questionable through the
week with a bruised shoulder but ended up playing.
Now it seems
someone is going to have to fill in for Finley. With 25 catches
for 300 yards and three touchdowns, the 6-foot-5 Finley was having
a good season.
At tight end,
Green Bay also has veteran Andrew Quarless; second-year pro
Brandon Bostick; and rookie Jake Stoneburner, who was just signed
off the practice squad last week.
end, Ryan Taylor, had a minor knee procedure last week, but
McCarthy hopes Taylor will be ready for the Vikings.
No one will be
asked to do the same things Finley does on the field, McCarthy
said. Beyond the immediate concern of Finley's health, McCarthy
has little choice but to accept the challenge of re-adjusting
after losing another key player.
challenge that everyone in this league goes through,"
McCarthy said, "and hopefully this challenge will come to an
end and we can just get healthy and we can continue to grow as a