Have we seen the last of Finley in a Packers uniform?
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. Read more... (978 words + 3 images, estimated 3:55 mins reading time)
Nick Collins left the Panthers game on a stretcher after suffering a neck injury in the 4th quarter.
Safety Nick Collins, a three-time Pro Bowler for the Green Bay Packers, will finish the year on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The heartbreaking news was delivered as the first point of order in Mike McCarthy’s press conference this afternoon.
“It’s tough. It’s something you never get used to as a coach,” McCarthy said. He offered no further details, but said it was too early to tell if he would require surgery.
Collins was injured in the fourth quarter of the game after an attempted tackle on Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart. During the play, Stewart tried to hurdle the oncoming Collins, whose head hit the underside of the runner’s leg. Collins’ neck bent awkwardly on the hit and sent him to the ground, face down and motionless.
While being carted off the field, Collins gave a slight wave to the crowd, signaling that he dodged the worst.
McCarthy mentioned during the post-game press conference that Collins was “still under evaluation” but that “all the feedback so far [was] positive.” The Green Bay Packers website later released a statement saying, “Nick Collins has normal feeling and complete movement in his extremities. As is standard protocol, he will be kept in the hospital overnight for observation.” Read more... (829 words + 1 image, estimated 3:19 mins reading time)
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