There is plenty of good news surrounding Jermichael Finley’s neck injury, which is great considering how scary the entire incident was. At this point, the Green Bay Packers tight end is still in an intensive care unit where more tests will need to be done. With that being said, what are the expectations for Finley to return to the field this season?
As of right now, it is hard to say if the physical player will be able to suit up again in 2013. The good news is that Finley reportedly will not need to have surgery on his neck. To be clear though, just because he does not need to undergo surgery does not mean he will automatically be able to play football. The doctors still want to do several tests to make sure there is nothing seriously wrong with him.
Packers’ fans must think back to the unfortunate neck injury that ended the career for safety Nick Collins. It did not appear to be anything too serious, at least nothing to cut his career short. However, his injury proved to be too much of a liability for the Packers as well as the NFL, which is why he was forced to retire from football.
Finley could be in a similar boat. Hopefully, that is not the case but no one will know for sure until more tests are done. At least it is comforting to know that Finley has been walking around in his hospital room.
The expectations for the 26-year-old to return this year are up in the air. Some believe it is possible for him to suit up later this season while others think there is a chance his career could be over depending on which part of his neck has been hurt. Either way, it will most likely be a few weeks before the Packers have any concrete information regarding his playing status.