Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is scheduled to be released from the hospital on Thursday, Jason La Canfora with CBS Sports reported on Wednesday.
Finley was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of the Packers’ win over the Browns last week after taking an ugly hit to the helmet from Tashaun Gipson. Finley reportedly suffered a bruised spinal cord in the hit.
Doctors don’t think the injury will permanently sideline Finley’s career, but many people expect the Packers to place him on the injured reserve in the coming days. He was on his feet and walking after the night in the intensive care unit as a precaution.
Kevin Love Kids Jersey Finley had 25 receptions for 300 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Finley’s injury was yet another in a long line for the Packers this season. Linebacker Clay Matthews is out with a broken thumb and wide receiver James Jones missed Week 7 with a knee injury.
Jermey Parnell Kids Jersey There was also a reason for this struggle: The secondary was young as hell. Two 2015 contributors and potential 2016 starters (corner Clint Stephens, safety Ben Hale) missed all or most of the season with injury, leaving three sophomores and two freshmen among BGSUâ€™s top six DBs. And with senior corner Will Watson missing the first half of the season as well, that inserted another freshman into the mix early on.
Those freshmen and sophomores are now sophomores and juniors. Safeties Jamari Bozeman, Tavaraus Wade, Antonyo Sotolongo, and Jerry McBride III all made at last 19 tackles last year and combined for three tackles for loss and 10 passes defensed. There might be some potential there.
Plus, Stephens (a junior) and Hale (senior) are back. And of the five players who recorded at least 2.5 sacks last year, three return: ends David Konowalski and Tyrik Jones and tackle Gus Schwieterman.