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McCarthy “open and optimistic” about Finley return

Jermichael Finley AP

The Packers have established that they’re nervous about players with spinal fusion surgeries.

But while they won’t clear former safety Nick Collins after his, it seems things have changed as it pertains to soon-to-be free agent tight end Jermichael Finley.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy told Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin he was hopeful Finley would be able to resume his career, and hoped it would be in Green Bay.

McCarthy said Dr. Pat McKenzie, the team doctor, was more encouraged by Finley’s prognosis than Collins’, even though the same two vertebrae were fused.

“Pat (McKenzie) doesn’t feel the same way about Jermichael as he felt about Nick,” McCarthy said. “So I’m very open and optimistic about Jermichael coming back. I think the specifics of their injuries are different.”

Finley’s agent recently said he’d be fully healed in the next two months and ready to resume his career.

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24 Responses to “McCarthy “open and optimistic” about Finley return”
  1. theleaguesbest says: Feb 21, 2014 3:00 PM

    I’m sure Finley knows the best thing for his career is to stay in Green Bay and win more Super Bowls.

  2. shaggytoodle says: Feb 21, 2014 3:05 PM

    The guy is a mismatch for pretty much anyone trying to cover him, but there it is all that other stuff like salary, health, and mouth. That make me think it won’t be happening.

  3. stellarperformance says: Feb 21, 2014 3:07 PM

    It’s likely going to be up to Finley whether or not his career resumes in Green Bay. In other words….accept a huge pay cut for the privilege.

  4. contra74 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:11 PM

    Wow…a picture of him actually catching the ball.

  5. mackcarrington says: Feb 21, 2014 3:14 PM

    Didn’t Sterling Sharpe have a fusion surgery in his neck?

  6. artvan15 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:15 PM

    That’s not a picture of him catching a ball. He drops it a moment later. They need to send dropsy on his way!!!

  7. klattubarada says: Feb 21, 2014 3:21 PM

    Wow… was not expecting for him to be available… this changes things.

  8. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 21, 2014 3:21 PM

    He sent him on a donut run.

  9. backdapack4evr says: Feb 21, 2014 3:35 PM

    Bring back the beast!!
    Fin is in!!
    Go Pack!!

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:49 PM

    It would be nice not having to burn a draft pick on another TE, but if it doesn’t work out, I wish him the best.

    And always remember this – he leaves Green Bay with a ring.

  11. ariani1985 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:57 PM

    It’s good to know that a 5 game losing streak in the playoffs hasn’t hurt his dementia.

  12. tonyc920 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:11 PM

    IF They sign him, IF !!! It will only be a one year contract offer and not at $6 mil. Maybe 1/2 of that or less. It will be a “Show Me” you can stay healthy contract. I doubt any other teams will offer him a much different deal. If they do, it’s a desperate team with an idiot GM to risk BIG $$$$$ on damaged goods. Nothing personal, it’s a business decision. I wish him the best.

  13. axespray says: Feb 21, 2014 4:47 PM

    We won a superbowl with Tom Crabtree as a starting tight end.

    It’d be awesome to have Finley – but at the same time, We can run the football now, I’d rather have some tight ends that can block so we can live off of the play action.

    Spend the finley money on Cobb and Jordy.

  14. chmura97 says: Feb 21, 2014 5:20 PM

    We love the guy here in GB we play clown music at practice!

  15. contra74isloosbuthole says: Feb 21, 2014 5:29 PM

    I would rather have Collins. That dude was a beast. Finley I could take or leave. Too bad.

  16. vikingcheesegrater says: Feb 21, 2014 6:14 PM

    Finley should be healthy enough to return and should be playing and dropping passes once again next season.

  17. beerbratscheese says: Feb 21, 2014 8:23 PM

    2014: YOTTO!!

  18. purplezimmerpride says: Feb 21, 2014 8:31 PM

    We have to get these Packer free agents and get them in purple. I have faith that Spielman’s plan of signing former Packers whose best years have been used up will lead to Super Bowl glory.

  19. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 21, 2014 9:15 PM

    The compromise will be a contract with a lot of incentives for being on the active roster and starting.

    Finley can make money and the Packers can avoid wasting money. Both can claim they got a good deal.

  20. jimatmad says: Feb 21, 2014 10:53 PM

    I went to a Packer practice this summer, and afterward, Jermichael was the only guy who came over and talked to the fans hanging around in the bleachers.
    A lot of the other players hung around with the kids in the ‘chute’ going back to Lambeau, but Jermichael did something different, and I appreciated that.
    Best of luck to the young man. Seems like an OK guy.

  21. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 22, 2014 10:38 AM

    Nice half -shirt. Makes sense that Rodgers has been in McCarthy’s ear to draft Sam.

  22. jimmyjames65 says: Feb 22, 2014 12:51 PM

    That’s funny.

  23. jimmyjames65 says: Feb 22, 2014 12:52 PM

    He would look good in a Steelers jersey.

  24. vikescry1 says: Feb 22, 2014 7:23 PM

    contra74 says:
    Feb 21, 2014 3:11 PM
    Wow…a picture of him actually catching the ball.

    ——————————————————————————————————————————– i bet it took them a few days to find that pic….

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