Jermichael Finley | TE
Posted: 7/15/2014 7:30pm et
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers) is receiving interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers. It should be noted that the Steelers' neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Maroon, performed Finley's surgery in November and cleared him in May. 'Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain't what it's supposed to be,' said Finley, who has 223 career catches for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns. 'If I quit the game right now, I can take tax-free money, and that's a difficult thing that I'm going through with myself.'
Huddle Up: Finley is still waiting for a contract offer to exceed the insurance payment he's scheduled to receive, but teams so far are proving to be a bit leery of a big-$$$ commitment.
Posted: 7/9/2014 9:35pm et
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) said he is feeling as good as he has during the entire process of recovering from spinal fusion surgery. Finley said he very much wants to return to the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Finley will need to check out medically before getting another NFL shot, but if he does get doctor's permission he makes sense in Green Bay; he would also have the potential to be a short-term fantasy factor in a familiar, TE-friendly offense.
Posted: 6/15/2014 7:28pm et
The Green Bay Packers could still re-sign free-agent TE Jermichael Finley.
Huddle Up: The longer Finley remains on the market, the more likely he'll be re-signing with the only team he's ever played for.
Posted: 6/4/2014 4:48pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers have met with free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck), and their team doctor cleared Finley to participate in football activities. The team's doctor performed the neck surgery on Finley.
Huddle Up: Intriguing news that the doctors who operated on Finley have cleared him for football activities. We'll see where he lands, with plenty of fantasy upside in the right situation assuming he's able to get and stay healthy.
Posted: 6/2/2014 11:58pm et
The New England Patriots recently met with free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers), according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have a need for another tight end to complement and frequently replace the oft-injured Rob Gronkowski, and if Finley is able to get and stay healthy he could be that guy.
Posted: 6/1/2014 11:39pm et
The Seattle Seahawks are no longer pursuing free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers), according to a league source.
Huddle Up: According to Pro Football Talk, It appears it's down to the Packers, Giants and possibly the Patriots vying for the TE's services -- provided, of course, his surgically-repaired neck passes the team physical.
Posted: 5/29/2014 7:57pm et
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers) will be visiting with a mystery team Friday, May 30, according to his agent, Blake Baratz. Earlier Thursday, the TE received clearance from his doctors to return to football, but will still need to be cleared by a team wishing to sign him.
Huddle Up: Great initial news for Finley. As for the mystery team, Pro Football Talk is hinting that it could be the Patriots, but Finley also visited with the Seahawks in March. Meanwhile, there also are reports the Giants are interested. Stay tuned . . .
Posted: 5/13/2014 6:23pm et
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is still not ruling out the possibility that the team will re-sign TE Jermichael Finley (neck), even though he has not received clearance from doctors to resume his career. Finley would also need to be cleared by team doctors before they took a chance on him.
Huddle Up: Basically it all still hinges on the medical reports, but don't be at all surprised if a mini-, multi-team bidding war breaks out if and when Finley gets clearance.
Posted: 4/27/2014 10:00pm et
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley is scheduled to get an X-ray on his surgically repaired neck Monday, April 27. Finley will continue to undergo X-rays every 6-to-8 weeks until he is cleared for football activities.
Huddle Up: A number of teams -- including the Pack -- are following the situation closely and are certainly hoping Finley's clearance comes sooner rather than later.
Posted: 4/13/2014 10:39pm et
The Miami Dolphins have talked to free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers).
Huddle Up: With Miami head coach Joe Philbin having spent 5 years as the Pack's offensive coordinator, it should be no shock that the 'Fins would be interested in Finley, and if the TE is medically cleared to resume playing, don't be surprised if they're one of the top contenders to land his services.
Posted: 4/8/2014 11:16pm et
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley will have X-rays on his neck Thursday, April 10, and will undergo an MRI exam within two weeks. The scans will then be looked at by Dr. Joseph Maroon, the neurosurgeon who performed the spinal fusion on Finley last year. Finley hopes to share the results with interested teams if they are positive. The Green Bay Packers, Finley's former team, are one of the interested parties, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.
Huddle Up: Here's hoping for the best prognosis for Finley, who was limited to 6 games, 25 catches, 300 yards and 3 TDs this past season with the Pack.
Posted: 3/26/2014 2:08pm et
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) still isn't medically cleared to continue his playing career. Finley reportedly failed his physical with the Seattle Seahawks several weeks ago, and he's been working regularly with trainers in Minnesota and Arizona this offseason. 'He had a serious injury. I know there is a lot of excitement, based on what I've been told. I haven't seen him work out, but I guess his workouts have gone really well. He's in great shape. I know he feels good. The reality is this injury is going to take some time. We'll continue to watch it,' McCarthy said.
Huddle Up: Finley appears to be nowhere near a return, so until he's actually back on a football field no need holding a fantasy roster spot for him.
Posted: 3/25/2014 10:26pm et
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers) (neck) has been working out in full and there are reports he looks in tip-top shape. However, head coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday, Jan. 25, that a decision to potentially bring him back will come down to how the team doctors feel about the risk of re-injury. 'It's great to hear that he's training and feels great and that's a big part of rehab,' McCarthy said. 'You feel good and everything, but you have to trust the information that's available to the doctors. I think you have to really be smart with those types of injuries.'
Huddle Up: Finley, who was limited to 6 games, 25 catches and 300 yards this past season, should have at least a couple of suitors if he gets a clean bill of health.
Posted: 3/7/2014 11:22pm et
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent WR Jermichael Finley's (neck) neurosurgeon will examine his scans Saturday, March 8, to determine if Finley should be given full medical clearance.
Huddle Up: Finley getting clearance could pave his return to Green Bay, as he's an effective weapon in that offense when healthy. Of course, getting clearance also opens the door for other teams to show their interest, but at least it would return Finley to fantasy viability for the coming season.
Posted: 2/25/2014 8:45pm et
There is a healthy market forming for impending Green Bay Packers free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) despite the fact that he's coming off a serious injury. He may not receive a long-term deal, though.
Huddle Up: Look for the Packers to be in the hunt to retain the TE, who is only a season removed from a career-high 61 receptions for 667 yards and 2 scores in 2012.
Posted: 2/13/2014 8:47pm et
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) will be healed in 4-8 weeks and is hopeful of being cleared to play football again. According to his agent, his neurosurgeon told him that he has a 99.9 percent chance the neck fusion will fully heal.
Huddle Up: Great prognosis for Finley, whose NFL future looked considerably murkier last fall. And even if does return to play, it remains to be seen if he'll be wearing green and gold.
Posted: 2/6/2014 10:17pm et
Blake Baratz, the agent for Green Bay Packers impending free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck), said his client would love to remain with the Packers. 'Right now he is a Packer and I know he would love to play his entire career there,' Baratz said. 'For the next five weeks or so they have his exclusive negotiation rights. If it doesn't work out in Green Bay for whatever reason then I believe there are a number of teams that could use a talent like Jermichael.' However, the Packers may not give Finley medical clearance to play after he underwent spinal fusion surgery last year.
Huddle Up: If you're the betting type, look for Finley to being playing elsewhere as long as his recovery cooperates,
Posted: 11/12/2013 11:51am et
Former Green Bay Packers TE Mark Chmura said TE Jermichael Finley (neck) told him that he'll have neck surgery Thursday, Nov. 14. 'I got a chance to talk to Jermichael Finley before the game, and I would bet my bottom dollar his career's over,' Chmura said. '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.'
Huddle Up: We'll wait for a more medically trained opinion before writing Finley off, but it certainly doesn't look good for his career going forward.
Posted: 11/6/2013 12:16am et
The Green Bay Packers placed TE Jermichael Finley (spine) and LB Sam Barrington (hamstring) and on the season-ending Injured Reserve Tuesday, Nov. 5, and activated OT Derek Sherrod (leg) from the Physically Unable to Perform list in a corresponding move.
Huddle Up: As expected, it was just too much to expect Finley to play again this season. All we can hope for is a return to health in 2014.
Posted: 10/29/2013 7:54pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (spine) doesn't think his injury is career-threatening. 'Of course I plan to play football again,' Finley wrote. 'This is what I love to do. I love the game. I love Sundays. Based on the feedback I've received from doctors at this point, the question is not if I'll play again, but when.' He will meet with more doctors this week before it's determined if he will have to be placed on the season-ending injured reserve. Finley's motor skills, coordination and balance are back to normal after he sustained a spinal cord contusion.
Huddle Up: Good hear of Finley's determination, and we're hoping for a strong return -- whenever that may be -- but right now, a comeback this season seems farfetched.
Posted: 10/24/2013 4:23pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (spine) was released from a hospital Thursday, Oct. 24, and returned to his home in Green Bay. He faces a long medical evaluation process before he has any thoughts about returning to the field. Head coach Mike McCarthy said no decision will be made until all of Finley's medical reports are in.
Huddle Up: Good to see Finley out of the hospital, but chances remain slim that the TE is able to come back and play this season.
Posted: 10/23/2013 6:04pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (spine) remains in the hospital but continues to improve from the bruised spine he suffered in Week 7. Finley continues to seek opinions from other specialists on his condition. Putting him on season-ending Injured Reserve seems to be a real option for the club at this juncture. 'We're going to wait until everything comes in,' McCarthy said about Finley and his test results. 'We'll do our due diligence and, obviously, not be premature on anything. We'll do what's in the best interest of Jermichael.' Finley has already been ruled out for Week 8.
Huddle Up: Hopefully Finley gets good news soon, but it looks like he might be lost for the season.
Posted: 10/23/2013 10:41am et
A highly regarded spinal surgeon said that Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (neck) is unlikely to return without having spinal surgery. Wellington Hsu, an endowed professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and practicing surgeon with offices in Chicago, said that in most cases when a football player suffers spinal cord bruising it is a sign there is something amiss in the spinal canal that must be corrected. 'If everything is normal there should be enough space in the spinal canal to absorb the force of that hit,' Hsu said. 'If there isn't enough space, then the spinal canal doesn't take the jolt very well.'
Huddle Up: At minimum it doesn't sound like Finley will be back on the field for the Packers any time soon--maybe even not at all the rest of the season.
Posted: 10/22/2013 8:34pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (spine) is expected to be released from the hospital within the next 24 hours, but there remains no timetable for his return to action, and he'll likely miss at least 4-6 six weeks, according to sources. Finley isn't likely to need surgery, and he should be able to resume his career. He could visit with more neurosurgeons and specialists regarding his spine injury. Doctors think his injury was caused by extreme torque and not by spinal compression. There is still a possibility that the Packers place Finley on season-ending Injured Reserve if they don't want to risk bringing him back this season.
Huddle Up: Good news as far as Finley's career prospects go, but it sounds as if the TE's 2013 season might have reached the end. Combined with Randall Cobb's absence, it knocks Aaron Rodgers value down a peg, but the QB has shown he can produce with reserves -- witness WR Jarrett Boykin's 8-103-TD effort in Week 7. Fourth-year pro Andrew Quarless, who has 28 career catches, is the next TE up.
Posted: 10/21/2013 1:44pm et
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (neck) was able to walk Monday, Oct. 21. Finley remains hospitalized after suffering a neck injury in Week 7.
Huddle Up: This is excellent news after his scary injury. Hopefully the injury is not severe, but it looks like he will be out at least a few weeks.
Posted: 10/21/2013 9:12am et
Updating previous reports, Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (neck) is in the intensive care unit at a hospital due to a neck injury suffered in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Finley is reportedly waiting on surgery, and as of this morning was still in the ICU. Given that situation, it's unlikely we'll see Finley back on the field any time soon.
Posted: 10/21/2013 12:37am et
Updating a previous report, the initial report on Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (head) is that he has feeling in all of his extremities. He was carted off in the fourth quarter of the Week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns after a hit to the helmet.
Huddle Up: Hopefully Finley will be okay sooner than later. This was a scary-looking injury. It sounds like he might be out a while, though.
Posted: 10/2/2013 1:17pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley is participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 2, after receiving medical clearance.
Huddle Up: Finley has cleared the league's concussion protocols and should be available when the Packers return to action this week.
Posted: 9/22/2013 7:56pm et
Updating a previous report, the Green Bay Packers reported after the Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals that TE Jermichael Finley (concussion) suffered a concussion.
Huddle Up: This could be bad news for next week's availability. Check with him throughout the week.
Posted: 9/22/2013 2:31pm et
Updating an earlier report, Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (concussion) will not return to the Week 3 game due to a concussion.
Huddle Up: He received a nasty hit over the middle, so this is unsurprising. Hopefully he will be alright.
Posted: 9/18/2013 8:50pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: Finley played last week with the same injury, so fantasy owners should expect him to be in the starting lineup Sunday when Green Bay visits Cincinnati. Finley is still a TE1 even with the bad toe.
Posted: 9/14/2013 3:57pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (toe) said he is feeling some pain in his toe but fully expects to play Week 2. 'It's a tad bit painful. We've got 48 hours to play the game, so there's a lot going to be done (until) then. I feel great. I've got a big pain tolerance. So I'll be out there, I'll be fine. I've been playing football forever. You get in the league, they try to make things bigger than it is. It's a toe injury. I'll be out there,' Finley said.
Huddle Up: Finley should be in the starting lineup Sunday and he has a good matchup against a Washington defense that gave up 56 yards and a touchdown to the Eagles Brent Celek last week. As long as Finley is good to go, fantasy owners should start him with confidence.
Posted: 9/12/2013 5:28pm et
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 12. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy did say Finley is making progress with a toe issue, and hopes he will continue to progress Friday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: We'll know more after Friday, but it could come down to a game-time decision with Finley on Sunday morning.
Posted: 9/12/2013 9:58am et
Updating previous reports, Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley traveled to Minnesota to treat his toe injury this week. He was hurt early in Week 1 when an opposing player stepped on the back of his leg. He's expected to rest the injury this week, and the team hopes he can play in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Finley showed signs of living up to the preseason hype during the Packers' Week 1 loss to San Francisco. Sounds like Finley's fantasy owners will need to keep tabs on his practice time and injury status heading into Week 2.
Posted: 9/11/2013 4:04pm et
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (toe) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 11. Head coach Mike McCarthy said he is not sure if Finley will be able to practice Thursday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: Finley might not need to practice to play, but the longer he sits, the more troublesome his status will be for Sunday's game. Keep an eye on this situation.
Posted: 8/21/2013 9:32am et
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said TE Jermichael Finley is having his best training camp. Finley added weight in the offseason, which has helped him become a better blocker. "We're asking him to do the dirty work again that he wasn't asked to do as much the last two years and I think he's doing a good job of it," McCarthy said.
Huddle Up: Finley seems to have accepted that he's not a wide receiver, bulking up and embracing his tight end role in Green Bay's offense. In turn, Aaron Rodgers is relying more on Finley--especially with Jordy Nelson out and Randall Cobb nicked. Many a fantasy owner has been burned by Finley's inconsistency, but there is still plenty of upside to his role in a high-scoring offense.
Posted: 8/8/2013 10:24am et
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley added about 10 pounds in the offseason and has improved his run blocking. QB Aaron Rodgers also praised Finley's improved route running. "He's been running his routes really well," Rodgers said. "Something clicked last year midseason... and it's carried over this spring. He's got himself in unbelievable shape, and he's come in and been dominating out there. I'm really proud of him and the steps he's made."
Huddle Up: Finley has been both a fantasy rock star and a huge disappointment during his tenure in Green Bay, but it sounds like at the moment he's trending back towards "rock star". With both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb currently dinged up, Rodgers would love to have that version of Finley at his disposal; so too would fantasy owners--at least those who haven't been burned by Finley to the point of no longer trusting him.