Less than 48 hours removed from the sight of Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley being carted off the field, we continue to learn more. More about the injury, about Finley and about what is facing the Packers in these next few weeks.
Before I continue, I preface this by saying that I am not trying to be insensitive to the situation and decisions that are facing Finley right now. Any Packers fan need only think back two short years and to Nick Collins to remember how badly these types of situations can end.
I am one who, if it were me in Finley’s shoes, would probably stop playing. I have to wonder what I would have said a year ago, but as a new father, my perspective has changed.
Just three weeks ago, Finley suffered a concussion and would have missed the next week’s game, were it not for the Packers bye week. Afterward, Finley admitted that his own kids told him that they didn’t want him to play football anymore because of the dangers that come with repeated head injuries.
Finley’s latest injury has been described as a bruised spinal cord. While we all get bumps and bruises from time to time, this is the backbone that we are talking about. Even a bruise is a scary thought. Every bruise needs to heal and while I’m not anything close to a doctor, it would seem that there has to be some chance that this injury may have long-term health implications for Finley.