It has been a rough couple of months for Jermichael Finley, who is scheduled for neck surgery this week to correct a bruised spinal cord.
Finley was added to Injured Reserve Nov. 5, ending his season. At this point, fans are just wondering if he will be able to play again at all.
Former Packers tight end Mark Chmura shed a some light on the situation in a discussion on 540 ESPN Milwaukee.
“I got a chance to talk to Jermichael Finley before the game, and I would bet my bottom dollar his career’s over. Over. He needs surgery, and it’s herniated in [the C3 and C4 vertebrae]. . . . I think it’s gonna be a Nick Collins deal. He’s definitely not gonna play in Green Bay, I’d put my house on that.”
It does share a striking resemblance to the injury that Nick Collins suffered, ending his season in 2011. Collins was also carted off the field and spent the rest of the season recovering. Though Collins was cleared to play in 2012, there was enough concern over his neck injury that Coach Mike McCarthy decided not to play him and the Packers ended up releasing him from the roster in 2012.
McCarthy had stated that if Collins was his son, he would not have wanted him to play.
Finley is in a contract year, so it will likely be an easy decision by Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy to part ways with Finley, but time will tell.
Finley remains positive on his twitter account:
— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) November 12, 2013