Cortland Finnegan has orbital fracture, needs surgery


The Rams placed cornerback Cortland Finnegan on injured reserve over the weekend, ending his season and setting him up to go get surgery to repair an orbital fracture near his left eye.

Finnegan told reporters that he needs surgery to repair the injury, which he suffered in a September 26 loss to the 49ers. Finnegan missed three games after that loss to the 49ers, but he was listed as out with a hamstring problem rather than the eye issue. Finnegan returned to play two games, but the fractured bone kept causing him problems that led to the decision to drop the curtain on his season.

“I’ve been dealing with it for some time,” Finnegan said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I waited to the bye week and got a look at it. Found out I had an orbital fracture. I was seeing double for some time in my left eye. So I knew for some time that it wasn’t right. But I’m a stubborn guy. I didn’t want to let guys know.”

Finnegan did not play well when he was on the field this season and his contract calls for him to make $6 million in base salary with a $3 million roster bonus due five days after the Super Bowl. The salary isn’t guaranteed, which could lead to a change for Finnegan’s contract and/or employment status as the Rams start working on things for 2014.