Packers players shaken by Jermichael Finley injury

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After coming back from a concussion earlier this year, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley admitted having second thoughts about his current job.

After he was hauled off on a backboard, immobilized and taken to a hospital last night, his teammates were too.

“I ain’t going to lie, man. I ain’t cried in long time, but I definitely shed a tear for him. That’s my brother,” tight end Andrew Quarless said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “He couldn’t move at the time. So I just told him, ‘Just stay here, just lay here, don’t move.’ That look he had in his eyes, that was something that stuck with me. It really hurt me just to see him like that. My brother was out there on the ground.

“I was the first one there, I tried to help him up, and he just couldn’t get up. That was tough to see, for me to see my brother out there on the ground and I couldn’t do anything about it.

“I definitely shed a tear for him.”

Quarless was the first of many players to surround him after Finley took a shot from Browns safety Tashuan Gipson in the fourth quarter. The broadcast reported that Finley had feeling in his extremities during the game, but his agent sounded a more careful tone.

“Keep him in your thoughts and be patient,” agent Blake Baratz tweeted last night. “Football doesn’t matter right now.”

Given Finley’s recent comments, that gives the whole thing an ominous tone, which his teammates’ fears did nothing to allay.

“It’s a reminder how tough this game is. We put our bodies on the line, our future health on the line,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Obviously with Jermichael, he was playing really well. He’s a great friend, great teammate. He’s had a very good year for us.

“Injuries are a part of the game, but those are tough to see. Not being able to walk off the field, I know in the back of our minds, is kind of our worst nightmare.”

Hopefully there’s news soon that sounds more positive.

30 responses to “Packers players shaken by Jermichael Finley injury

  1. Yesterday was like Black October or something. Serious injuries all over the league.

    The Saints were on a bye? You don’t say. Louisiana voodoo anyone?

    Seriously though, hope all that went down yesterday for our viewing entertainment get well soon.

  2. Huge fan of you big homie…wish you the best in everything you continue you do football or not…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  3. Scary moment . I hope Jermichael is ok but I sensed a Nick Collins moment when I watched replay of the play. I think Mr Finley sadly may be done with football

  4. Here in Milwaukee, we are hearing the Jermichael Finley is still in the hospital. He is in the I.C.U. which doesn’t sound good. Please send positive thoughts and prayers to this young man.

  5. I really hope he is ok. He is easily the best TE in the NFC north.

    Luckily, he has two straight bye weeks to get healthy.

    Thanks, NFL, for a soft schedule…or, more specifically for putting us in the same divisional Minny, Chicago, and Detroit.

  6. It really did not look good. When he was lying there at first he didn’t move his arms or legs at all, even though he was lying in an uncomfortable position. Then when he was on the backboard it looked like he had to concentrate to even weakly lift an arm.

  7. Defensive backs are taught to launch themselves like a human missile at the runner/or receiver. Finley was already going to the ground when the DB launched himself. When this changes, unnecessary injuries like this one will stop.

    The days of Mark Murphy and Chuck Cecil are over. The NFL needs to stop encouraging these “missile hits”.

    Get well Jermichael.

  8. Hoping Finley recovers quickly.
    Wonder if he’ll want to keep playing given the beating his body has taken this year — gotta be scary.

    I (legitimately) hope his son wasn’t watching yesterday.

  9. Put the blame on coach. With the game all but assured, run the ball, exhaust the clock…Lacy was already having a good game.

    At worst you’d have to prevent TWO scores from Weeden-we all know that wasn’t going to happen.

    Instead risk injury to your only quarterback option and your already depleted receiving core.

    Interesting decisions from a SB winning coach.

  10. Dear NFL Receivers and other skill players: Once you make your millions, or however much you need to be comfortable for a long time, WALK AWAY from this game.

    I’m a human fan before a Packer fan, and I’d much rather see guys like Finley, James Jones, Cobb, and Nelson just simply say, I’m done. I have 8 years of prime playing days left, but I have my money, I’m done.

    I pray Finley fully recovers quickly, and when he does, I pray he retires from this idiotic game. The NFL has no interest in player safety.

  11. larjones64 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 9:11 AM
    Finley lowered his helmet into the Cleveland DB’s helmet. That said, I hope he doesn’t suffer any long term consequences as a result of this.

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    He was getting dragged to the ground as the safety was coming in for the hit. The hell did you expect him to do? Politely ask the guy to let him go so he can stand up and not get hit?

  12. I’ve been saying that most of the young guys today don’t know how to tackle like they should. You can say what you want. I’ve been watching football for a long time, I’m 50. I’ve never seen so many players taking illegal shots with helmets. They don’t know or never been taught correctly. Most of These guys don’t want to give up their jobs and will hit a guy illegally, knock him out the game and don’t care, just about their jobs. Their is a technique to tackling, I blame the coache’s from college and Pro’s.

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