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

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Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is injured on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is injured on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

 

This is already the second hard hit to Finley’s head and neck area this season. The first one left Finley with a concussion in the Bengals vs Packers Week 3 matchup.

Safety George Iloka hit Finley in the first quarter of the Bengals’ wild 34-30 win over the Packers, a hit that knocked Finley out of the game and he didn’t return, but Iloka ended up being fined $15,000 for a hit:

“He was coming at me head first, and I was just trying to make a play on the ball and knock it out with my hand, and his head happened to hit my lower bicep area and caused a concussion,” Iloka said after learning of the fine.

Iloka appealed the fine, and word is just now coming down that he did lose the appeal, but that it was reduced to 10,000, according to ESPN’s Cole Harvey.

Hopefully, Finley is given all the necessary medical information to make the best decision possible regarding his career and long-term health, even if that means retiring from the game earlier than anticipated. It’s still unclear if Finley will seek to continue his career.

 

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