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Finley to have surgery, hopes to re-start career

Jay Sorgi

Jermichael Finley, Aaron Rodgers. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Finley to have surgery, hopes to re-start career

CREATED Nov. 13, 2013

The injured tight end of the Green Bay Packers will undergo neck surgery, according to a statement released on

Jermichael Finley suffered a spinal injury in the team's 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, released this statement which reads in part:

"We have collectively determined that while surgery may not be 100% necessary, it is a proactive measure that should alleviate future risks with regards to a similar episode or re-injury. Jermichael has elected to undergo a spinal fusion with Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh Steelers team Neurosurgeon. 

Dr. Maroon is experienced in conducting this type of procedure on professional athletes in contact sports, and is confident that Jermichael will fully recover following the procedure. Once surgery has been completed, Jermichael has every intention of resuming his football career, and we fully support his efforts to do so.