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Packers TE Jermichael Finley likely heading to IR after second hard hit to head

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Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive back T.J. Ward (43) and defensive back Tashaun Gipson (39) in the 4th quarter at Lambeau Field. Finley was injured on the play and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

 

Some sad news is coming in Green Bay for Packers tight end Jermichael Finley after suffering a devastating spinal injury on Sunday as the result of a hit from Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson that knocked him unconscious.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora, the Packers are preparing to place Finley on the season-ending injured reserve list:

Finley, who suffered neck and spinal injuries Sunday during a game against the Browns, continues to make good strides in his recovery and, barring any unforeseen setbacks, will be released from the hospital Thursday.

There are indications that Finley will be able to play football again, however, given the small sample size available in these cases and the areas of the body involved and the brutally physical nature of this game, there is more information that must be gathered and more specialists to see as Finley continues to rest at home and determine a plan for rehab and recovery.

So while the future remains somewhat nebulous, the initial feedback from doctors has been positive. It is expected the Packers will place Finley on IR, given the magnitude of this injury and the various challenging factors at play, but at this point no decision has been finalized.

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