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Finley has surgery, anticipates 3-4 month recovery process

Jermichael Finley AP

As it turns out, Jermichael Finley’s shout out to Dr. Mark Chmura came a day after Finley underwent surgery by Dr. Joseph Maroon.

Andrea Kremer of NFL Network reported Friday that Maroon performed the surgery on Thursday, and that Finley anticipated a 3-4 month recovery process.

The precise timing of his return to full health is fairly important to his financial future, because Finley will be a free agent in March.  Two years ago, the Packers applied the tight end level of the franchise tag, Finley filed a grievance claiming that he took more snaps in 2011 at receiver, and the two sides worked out a two-year Band Aid deal.

With the deal expiring after Finley has spinal fusion surgery, the likelihood of another franchise tag is very, very low.  Finley will have to prove that he’s healthy to get a new contract, and time will be of the essence.

The big money flows only in the early days of free agency, before quickly slowing to a trickle.  For Finley, the big money likely won’t be there until 2015 at the earliest, after he shows via a one-year deal that he’s healthy and effective.

This all presumes that Finley eventually will be cleared to play again.  For now, he’s confident he will be.

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19 Responses to “Finley has surgery, anticipates 3-4 month recovery process”
  1. wayne1693 says: Nov 16, 2013 1:23 AM

    JF should try to get Peyton Manning’s Rehabilitation Team…

  2. allday420ap says: Nov 16, 2013 2:26 AM

    Considering the collection of barbarians he has to play with, I wouldnt be shocked at all if he never comes back at all.

    To think about Mrs. Sharon Rodgers and all the trashyness that she brings along must just give Jermikes chills down his spine, hopefully at least.

    Get well very very soon Jermy.

  3. GenXJay says: Nov 16, 2013 2:54 AM

    the FIN-ley

  4. hodag54501 says: Nov 16, 2013 5:27 AM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Packers cut him loose.

  5. rationalitybias says: Nov 16, 2013 5:31 AM

    You’re worried about his upcoming free agency? His health is the number one concern here Mike.

  6. stellarperformance says: Nov 16, 2013 6:26 AM

    Watch. This guy will end up reaching his potential (finally) and playing lights out…..for somebody else. It usually takes a few years for the talented but self-centered loudmouths newly entering the NFL to mature. I think he was getting there.

  7. rockthered1286 says: Nov 16, 2013 7:06 AM

    Ask Jameel McClain about that “3-4 month healing process.” I believe it took him a full year to get back on the field?

  8. hansenbrothers says: Nov 16, 2013 7:38 AM

    Chumra was right, the Packers won’t bring him back. He might get a deal somewhere, but it won’t be for much money.

  9. tdubdizzle says: Nov 16, 2013 7:42 AM

    Finley to the Raiders, you heard it here first.

  10. mrnick66 says: Nov 16, 2013 7:52 AM

    i had a similar procedure done and it took me a lot longer than 4 months to feel “normal’ let alone take shots by nfl defenders. of course finley is much younger,stronger and fitter than i ,but this whole situation scares me. i am upright and walking and i hope finley is for many years but playing in the nfl makes that much more problematic. wish him the best.

  11. borisbulldog says: Nov 16, 2013 8:25 AM

    Great, but for the 99.99% NFL fans that don’t follow GB, can we file this under the WGAF story?

  12. richcranium2112 says: Nov 16, 2013 8:46 AM

    Good luck in your recovery JMike!

  13. hansenbrothers says: Nov 16, 2013 9:28 AM

    Sad part is, Chumra is right. Packers won’t sign him, & he faces long odds with anyone else.

  14. bigfanhere says: Nov 16, 2013 9:29 AM

    Hmmm, a doctor named Maroon. I might have gotten a second opinion…

  15. cometkazie says: Nov 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    All the best for a quick, full recovery!

    Listen to your children, too. ;)

  16. farvite says: Nov 16, 2013 3:24 PM

    He won’t be back in Green Bay.

    The last half a dozen guys to have a similar procedure were cut. Including a HOFr and an All-pro

  17. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 16, 2013 5:24 PM

    The worthless and classless Packers organization will get rid of him like CM3′s empty conditioner bottle.

    Good luck in your recovery Finley. Hopefully if you do make a comeback, it is with a classy team like MN.

  18. stellarperformance says: Nov 16, 2013 5:43 PM

    allday420ap says:
    Nov 16, 2013 2:26 AM
    To think about Mrs. Sharon Rodgers and all the trashyness that she brings along must just give Jermikes chills down his spine, hopefully at least.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Who?

  19. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 17, 2013 12:24 PM

    How is it that Chumra is allowed to publicly voice his opinion about anything?

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