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Finley not talking about future, but gratitude for fans' encouragement

Jermichael Finley. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Finley not talking about future, but gratitude for fans' encouragement

By Jessie Garcia. CREATED Nov 11, 2013

MEQUON - Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley would not comment on a report from ESPN Radio that he would have surgery later this week after a spinal injury.

He looked healthy and moved well when he made a public appearance Monday night at an autograph signing in Mequon.

Reporters at the event were told explicitly that he would not discuss his future, but he admitted the injury was hard on his psyche.

"In 2010, I was outwith a season ending injury. I've seen it from this angle a few times.  It's real hard as a competitor to sit back and watch from this angle," he told TODAY'S TMJ4's Jessie Garcia.

Finley watched Sunday's Packers loss to the Philadelphia Eagles from a box at Lambeau Field with practice squad players.  

If anything has helped Finley get through this experience, it's the outpouring of support he's received from the Packers faithful.

"Fans have been behind me every step of the way. I want to say I appreciate it.  It's heartwarming."

He says that despite an injury bug with a seemingly voracious appetite, the Packers are capable of everything they set out to achieve.

"We've got awesome guys.  Athletically talented."

Just give them time to mesh, Finley says, and it will all be OK.

Jessie Garcia

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Jessie joined TODAY'S TMJ4 in June of 1994, after two years at WISC-TV in Madison. She's been the sideline reporter for preseason Packers games on TODAY'S TMJ4 since 2003.