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Jermichael Finley should be fully healed in next 4-8 weeks

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Tight end Jermichael Finley said recently that he expects to be cleared soon after having neck fusion surgery, saying that his doctor told him that there was a “99.9 percent” chance of making a full recovery.

Finley’s agent Blake Baratz added some more specificity to how soon Finley might be getting that medical green light. Baratz said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that Dr. Joseph Maroon, who performed the surgery, believes Finley should be fully healed sometime in the next four to eight weeks.

Maroon is also a Steelers team doctor, but each team will have its own opinion about whether they want to bring Finley on board after such a serious neck surgery. The Packers refused to clear safety Nick Collins, who is attempting to mount a comeback, after a similar surgery and Finley knows that continuing his career isn’t guaranteed.

“This isn’t a reckless stab at wanting to play football again. He wants to play because this is his livelihood and what he has worked so hard for his entire life,” Baratz said. “He’s only 26 years old and isn’t ready for the next chapter of his life yet. If that decision is forced upon him, then he understands. We adjust and we move forward. He’s working out and rehabbing almost six hours per day with a group of experts to ensure that he stays in the best shape possible.”

Baratz said he hasn’t spoken to the Packers yet to see where they stand in regard to Finley’s return to the team and any conversations would be premature until Finley gets the medical thumbs up he’s expecting.

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6 Responses to “Jermichael Finley should be fully healed in next 4-8 weeks”
  1. dahmergeinteam says: Feb 13, 2014 10:01 AM

    This is serious stuff. You’re playing with a man’s neck here. I’ve broken many necks and none of them have healed, ever.

  2. linemanguy74 says: Feb 13, 2014 10:02 AM

    Be safe and hang them up

  3. packfanaj12 says: Feb 13, 2014 10:16 AM

    Would love to have Finley back with the Packers healthy… unfortunately I do not think that will be the case… Good luck to you Finley, wherever your ventures bring you.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Feb 13, 2014 1:35 PM

    I am a fan of the game, but he had the concussion, I remember the talk of his kid asking him to quit.

    A bit later, his kid had to watch dad get hauled off on a stretcher. I understand Finley has quite a bit of desire to play this game, but no one wants to see you like that especially your kids.

  5. icebowler says: Feb 13, 2014 4:22 PM

    He may not have the same range of motion in his neck to run deep down the seam while looking back at the QB. If he is now limited to slants, out routs, and crossing patterns, he will just be an average TE going forward, and won’t scare defenses like he used to.

  6. stellarperformance says: Feb 14, 2014 3:27 AM

    Did they sew his mouth shut? How long does that take to heal?

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