Packers’ Jermichael Finley in ICU, report says

October 21, 2013

Tashaun Gipson watches as Jermichael Finley is carted off following their collision. (Tom Lynn / AP)

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley spent Sunday night in the intensive care unit at a Green Bay hospital after suffering a neck injury on a helmet-to-helmet hit in the game against the Cleveland Browns.

Finley was immobilized and carted off the field after suffering the injury and the Packers said that he had movement and feeling in his extremities. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that he spent the night in ICU, although an NFL.com report indicated that he was expected to be fine. ESPN reported that his status was uncertain and that he had not had any surgery.

Finley was hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and initially was immobile.

“I’m not going to lie,” teammate Anthony Quarless told the Journal Sentinel. “I haven’t cried in a long time, but I definitely shed a tear for him. That’s my brother, first of all. That’s my brother on the ground. We’re there every day in the same room. For me personally, it kind of messed me up for a little second.”

This is the second frightening head injury Finley this season. When he suffered a concussion in September, his 5-year-old begged him to stop playing football.

Finley on Concussions from FullCircle Intermedia on Vimeo.

“When I came back to reality, when I came to my senses and got my balance and my vision back, I picked up my phone,” Finley said. “Of course, my wife called like 30-plus times, seriously. And first of all, she put my little man on the phone and he asked me if there was a flight I could catch out during the game. And he said, ‘Daddy I don’t want you to play football anymore.’

“So that was a little hard to take, hearing a 5-year-old just knowing the violence and intensity of the game. And seeing his Dad walk off the field like he did is pretty hard for a family to see.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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