The Green Bay Packers are one of the few teams that have suffered from season-altering injuries. In Week 6, both Randall Cobb and James Jones were injured. Cobb is done for the year and Jones will miss a few more weeks.
They were able to survive a Week 7 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, but they lost another player to injury. Tight End Jermichael Finley received a neck injury with about 10 minutes left in the game. He spent the next day in the ICU, but had movement in hands and feet and will be released in the next day or so.
It’s unlikely Finley will play another snap in 2013, forcing the Packers to find a replacement. Backup tight end Andrew Quarless is the man most likely to fill in. Though, he is considered more of a blocker than receiver as he only has four receptions on the year. However, the last time Finley was seriously hurt in 2010, Quarless stepped up and hauled in 21 passes for 238 yards.
Another name to look at is third-string tight end Brandon Bostick. He is a former basketball player, just like other current tight ends in the league. He also has similar athleticism to Finley. He isn’t worth adding in any league, but is worth keeping an eye on. Obviously, he could be a star sooner rather than later with Aaron Rodgers under center.
Qaurless is not going to get enough targets to justify being added in 10-12 team leagues, but he is in deeper leagues. With the Packers taking on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8, he could have a big game.