With a Week Four bye, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley won’t have to worry about whether he’ll be cleared to play only seven days after suffering a concussion.
If Finley’s five-year-old son had his way, Finley never would be cleared.
“‘Daddy, I don’t want you to play football anymore,’” Finley’s son told his father by phone after Finley left the Week Three game in Cincinnati with a concussion.
Finley described his son’s reaction, and the incident, on a video posted through Finley’s website.
“Aaron Rodgers threw the ball, I dove,” Finley said. “And after that I felt the hit at my shoulder. After all that happened I was unconscious by then.”
Finley was hit in the head by Bengals safety George Iloka, who was fined $15,000 for making contact to the head/neck area of a defenseless player.
“I looked to the sideline,” Finley said. “All I saw was jerseys. I saw pants, the yellow pants we wear. And I didn’t see no heads or legs. So everybody was decapitated and my body was just on fire.”
Finley explained that he didn’t try to argue with doctors who told Finley he wouldn’t be returning to the game, even though he was tempted at first to fight his way back to the field.
Finley acknowledges that there’s much that needs to be done before he is cleared to play, including tests regarding balance, sight, memory, and conditioning.
“There’s a lot I still got to go through, and I’m all for it and ready to get out there,” Finley said.
Making him even more ready is the fact that the 1-2 Packers will be facing the Lions.
“I’m not saying it’s a statement game or nothing like that,” Finley said. “But it’s a ‘must’ win, it’s a game we should win.”
It’s a game the Packers will need to win in order to avoid falling to 1-3 on the year. And there’s a chance they’ll have to face the Lions without Finley.