McCarthy: Finley doing 'daily activities...in good spirits' after reported spinal cord injury
Jermichael Finley being taken to a hospital during the Packers-Browns game Sunday, October 20.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has suffered his second serious injury in a month after getting a neck injury Sunday in the Packers' 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns, but there are reports of positive signs to his condition Monday.
Finley tweeted Monday that he has left the ICU at a local Green Bay hospital, and has feeling back in his arms and legs.
"Significant (neck) injury, spent the evening in the hospital," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who said he saw Finley Sunday night.
"As far as the injury, the specifics of it, there's a lot more studies going on, opinions to be heard. Anything as far as a timeline would be premature to comment on it today. He's up, performing daily activities. He's in good spirits...Jermichael's very upbeat, very positive, always has a smile on his face. He's focused on what's most important, his health and his family."
As for what's to come, McCarthy said, "important to go through the process, do your due diligence. We'll do what's best for Jermichael Finley."
When asked about whether the injury could have been avoided, McCarthy added, "We looked at it in the training room, watched the TV copy. I don't know what you can do . It just seemed like one of those situations that just went that way."
"No one wants to leave the field that way. That's the common fear of anyone who's played that game. Anytime you see any player (endure that), it's hard to watch."
Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo said Finley was walking Monday.
Feel like we need some good news so here goes: Packers TE Jermichael Finley did some walking around this morning. Great to hear.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 21, 2013
That good news on Finley was courtesy of his agent, @blakebaratz, who continues to ask for prayers and positive thoughts for his client.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 21, 2013
Another report by USA Today's Tom Pelissero gave an even better outlook.
#Packers TE Jermichael Finley continues to undergo tests but isn't expected to need surgery. Word so far all sounds positive.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 21, 2013
However, it'll probably be weeks before #Packers know if/when Finley can get back on field. Still under evaluation right now.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 21, 2013
Finley had movement in his extremities after the shoulder of the Browns' Tashaun Gipson struck his head during the second half.
Afterward, coach Mike McCarthy gave an initial update to Finley's medical situation.
"He's at the hospital right now, running tests. I really have nothing to report on that." he exclusively told 620WTMJ/NBC26's Larry McCarren in the first interview following the game.
The Packers say McCarthy will address Finley's medical condition Monday afternoon at his news conference.
Emotions flowed with players after Finley was hurt. As the Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne reported:
Quarless on Finley: “I’m not going to lie. I haven’t cried in a long time but I definitely shed a tear for him." #packers— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 21, 2013
Concerns were with Finley after the victory, from the player who struck the tight end and from his Packers teammates.
Please keep @JermichaelF88 in your prayers! Hope he will be ok.— josh sitton (@jsitton71) October 21, 2013
Please pray for my bro @JermichaelF88 hope he has a speedy recovery. God is with you bro!— Big Cheese (@I_AM_Worthy99) October 21, 2013
Thoughts and prayers for my bro/teammate @JermichaelF88 and his family #������— johnny jolly (@JJolly97) October 21, 2013