A big win for the Green Bay Packers turned into a semi-funeral setting at Lambeau Field in Week 7 when Jermichael Finley took a shot to the head and fell motionless to the turf. When his teammate, Andrew Quarless, tried to help him up, Finley laid limp on the ground and said he couldn’t move. Things then got deathly quiet at the NFL‘s most legendary stadium and remain that way in Green Bay on Monday morning as Finely is in the intensive care unit at an undisclosed hospital.
The first reports were optimistic as one Packers source it was “just precautionary” and Finley is “going to be fine, but when the players’ agent, Blake Baratz, finally spoke, things quickly turned less positive.
Thank you 2 every1 4 the well wishes regarding @JermichaelF88. Keep him in your thoughts & be patient. Football doesn’t matter right now.
— Blake Baratz (@blakebaratz) October 21, 2013
Since the night passed and the Packers have been unable to enjoy the win, the possible difficult truth is starting to become a reality.
Packers TE Jermichael Finley in ICU after his neck injury. He has not had surgery as of early this a.m. and status uncertain. Monitoring.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 21, 2013
The plus is Finley was able to move his extremities immediately following the incident despite it initially being called a “neck injury.” Either way, the Packers are now extremely thin at receiving options for Aaron Rodgers as the team beat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday without James Jones and Randall Cobb. If Finley is done for the season — or his career — the makeup of the Packers’ roster could be drastically different for the 2014 season, if not before then.