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88 Jermichael Finley TE
Height/Weight: 6-5/247 | Birthdate: 3/26/1987 | Birthplace: Lufkin, TX, USA | Team: Green Bay | College: Texas | NFL Experience: 7 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/584640.png | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 152.00

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Packers 'still open' to bringing Jermichael Finley back


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that he's "still open" to Jermichael Finley coming back to the team. Speaking with the media, McCarthy said he still considers him a Packer and wouldn't put a deadline on bringing himback. He also hasn't consulted with the doctors on whether or not Finley is healthy enough to play after suffering a major neck injury last season. 

TE still open for Packers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) The Packers are trying to figure out their tight end situation heading into training camp, reports ESPN.

The longer Jermichael Finley (neck) remains unsigned, the more likely it appears his time in Green Bay -- and perhaps in the NFL -- is over, despite his desire to continue to play.

The Packers re-signed Andrew Quarless to a two-year, $3 million contract in March, but that's hardly starter's money. The door is open for rookie third-round draft pick Richard Rodgers, who performed well enough during the organized team activities and minicamp practices (which Quarless missed because of injury) to move into the starting spot. Rodgers has the kind of dynamic athletic ability that Finley brought to the position.

The wild card there is Colt Lyerla, the undrafted but talented rookie from Oregon. Had Lyerla not left the Ducks' program and run into trouble subsequently last year, he might have been a high draft pick. The Packers also will have to assess whether Brandon Bostick can make a bigger impact than he did last season. 


Jermichael Finley set for barrage of tests Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley will undergo an MRI, a CAT scan and other tests Wednesday, then send the results around the league in hopes of landing a job before training camp, reports USA Today. Finley underwent spinal fusion surgery last November.

He's been working out and catching passes. The Packers are still the frontrunners if Finley returns, the paper said, but he's also drawn interest from the Steelers and other teams.

The Steelers' neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Maroon, performed Finley's surgery in November and cleared him in May, the paper said. Finley said Maroon assured him the chances are "99.9 percent that if I get back on the field, I'll be more protected and in better shape than I was before my injury."

Finley indicated he's gotten some contract offers, but not for the money he's seeking.


Jermichael Finley still hoping to return to Packers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley told ESPN.com he's working as hard as he can to return to the Packers. While Finley said this is the best he's felt "during this entire crazy process," he has yet to be cleared by team doctors.

Finley underwent neck fusion surgery last fall.


Rodgers rooting for Jermichael Finley


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2014) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is rooting for tight end Jermichael Finley to make a comeback from his neck injury, reports ESPN.

"I would want to play until they told me I couldn't play anymore," Rodgers said. "He's younger than I am, and we're competitors. We have to be in our arena doing what we love to do, so it would be near impossible to keep me off the field. I'm sure he feels the same."

Rodgers said he has been in semi-regular contact with Finley throughout his recovery from neck fusion surgery. He said he does not know what doctors have told Finley, but he knows his former teammate wants to keep playing. Finley, who is a free agent, still has his nameplate above his locker at Lambeau Field.

"I've talked to him about him and his psyche," Rodgers said. "I haven't talked to him about his specific injury."

Finley met with the Packers' doctors late last month in Green Bay but has not yet received medical clearance from the team to continue his playing career.


Raiders, Steelers check into Jermichael Finley


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley has garnered recent interest from the Raiders and Steelers, NFL Network reports. Since getting clearance from his doctor, Finley has taken visits to the Packers and Patriots. 

Finley has spent six seasons with the Packers, totaling 223 catches for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns over 70 games. 


Patriots host Jermichael Finley


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley visited the Patriots on Friday, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. Finley's doctor recently cleared him following neck surgery, but it's unclear if team physicians will grant him medical clearance.

Seahawks won't chase Jermichael Finley


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) Tight end Jermichael Finley has been cleared by doctors to resume playing football but one potential suitor has backed out of the race to sign him. 

The Seahawks aren't interested in him any longer, a source told ProFootballTalk.com. Finley had visited Seattle in March long before he was cleared. 

The Packers and Giants are reportedly interested in signing Finley, pending their own doctors' evaluations. Finley is coming back from neck fusion surgery. 


Agent: Jermichael Finley cleared


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Tight end Jermichael Finley has been cleared by the doctor who performed neck surgery on him, agent Blake Baratz told ProFootballTalk.com, meaning he can resume his NFL career assuming he finds a team interested in signing him. 

Teams are seemingly lining up. Finley was in Green Bay as recently as Thursday said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy but coaches did not meet with him according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Another visit is reportedly coming on Friday, though the team asked Baratz not to name the team.


Packers to test Jermichael Finley's neck


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) The Packers' medical staff will test free agent tight end Jermichael Finley's neck on Wednesday, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Finley suffered a spinal contusion last October against the Browns, then had his vertebrae fused.

He has yet to receive medical clearance to play again. The fact he's being tested by the Packers suggests Green Bay would like to re-sign him.


No change in Jermichael Finley's medical status


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Despite optimistic tweets sent out by free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, he's still waiting for medical clearance, reports ESPN.com. And even if Finley, who's rehabbing from neck surgery, gets cleared by his personal doctor, "that does not mean individual doctors for NFL teams will have the same opinion," the report added.

Finley spent his first six seasons with the Packers. It's unclear if he'll be able to resume his career.


Mike McCarthy: Jermichael Finley 'a Green Bay Packer, hopefully'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley has yet to be cleared following last fall's neck surgery. But coach Mike McCarthy hopes Finley plays for Green Bay in 2014.

"In my mind, he's a Green Bay Packer, hopefully," coach Mike McCarthy said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, per NFL.com. "He's going through a tough medical situation that we all recognize is a serious injury. My understanding is he's doing everything and beyond to get himself ready, and we'll continue to watch that."

Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor and third-round pick Richard Rodgers are the Packers' top three tight ends at the moment.


Jermichael Finley getting X-ray Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley will get an X-ray Monday as he continues to seek medical clearance following last year's neck fusion surgery, reports USA Today. If the X-ray checks out, Finley will undergo an MRI/CAT scan.

The report said Finley will keep getting tests every 6-8 weeks until he's cleared.


Dolphins showing interest in Jermichael Finley?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/14/2014) The Dolphins could have some interest in tight end Jermichael Finley if he is cleared to play football following neck fusion surgery last year, the Miami Herald reports. Finley missed all but five games after a serious neck injury. 

The Dolphins currently have Charles Clay and Dion Sims at tight end. Finley caught 25 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.


Jermichael Finley to get X-rays, MRI


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, who's rehabbing following spinal fusion surgery, will get X-rays on his neck and an MRI within two weeks, reports ESPN. The results will be sent to teams interested in signing Finley.

Seahawks in 'no rush' to sign Jermichael Finley


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/2/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley visited the Seahawks earlier this spring in hopes of signing a deal but it didn't happen. That doesn't mean it won't happen, but there's no hurry to do so. CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that the two sides are a good fit for each other but there's no rush given Finley's health. Last season he had a neck injury that led to spinal fusion surgery. 

McCarthy: Packers still interested in Jermichael Finley


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/1/2014) Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at the NFL owners meeting that the team is interested in bringing back free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, who is recovering from neck surgery in November.

"Absolutely," McCarthy said about the Packers wanting Finley back.

"Jermichael, he's going through a medical situation," McCarthy said. "He had a serious injury. I mean, there's a lot of excitement, based on what I'm told. I haven't seen him work out or anything like that, but I guess his workouts have gone very well. He's in great shape. I know he feels good, but the reality is this injury is going to take some time and we'll continue to watch it."

McCarthy said Finley has yet to be medically cleared, and he recently failed his physical when he visited Seattle in March on a free agent trip to the Seahawks. 


Report: Jermichael Finley failed physical with Seahawks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, who had neck surgery in November, failed his physical when he visited the Seahawks this month, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Finley expects his surgeon to proclaim the bone in his neck fusion healed soon, but "that doesn't mean NFL teams will clear him to play football, at least for now," the report said. Finley had the C-3/C-4 vertebrae fused. Some doctors believe those fusions are too high up the neck to ever clear players, the report said.


Report: Jermichael Finley two months away from signing with a team


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Jermichael Finley is at least two months away from being being in a position to sign with a team, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Friday. Finley, who is still waiting medical clearance to resume playing football, visited the Seahawks earlier this week.

Finley suffered a severe neck injury that required fusion surgery on Oct. 20 against the Browns. In five games, Finley had caught 25 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.

'Mutual interest' between Seahawks, Jermichael Finley


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) Jermichael Finley has visited the Seahawks and according to NFL Network there is "mutual interest" between the two sides. A deal could happen once Finley is officially cleared for football.

In five games Finley had 25 catches for 300 yards and three scores last year but suffered a severe neck injury that required fusion surgery.  


Jermichael Finley to visit the Seahawks; deal coming?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/11/2014) Jermichael Finley has yet to be officially cleared for football after undergoing a neck fusion surgery last season, but the free agent tight end can still meet with prospective teams interested in his services. To that end, NFL Network reports that Finley will have a visit with the Seahawks, according to a source. 

It was previously reported that four other teams -- the Giants, Jets, Chiefs and Steelers -- were also interested in Finley. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora believes Finley will sign a short-term deal with the Seahawks

In five games Finley had 25 catches for 300 yards and three scores last year. 


Jermichael Finley still waiting for medical clearance


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, who suffered a serious neck injury with the Packers last season, has not received medical clearance to resume playing football. But he figures to take multiple visits and physicals this week, reports USA Today.

Five teams already interested in Jermichael Finley?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/7/2014) Although he has yet to be cleared following neck fusion surgery, the Boston Globe reports that tight end Jermichael Finley has drawn interest from the Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, Giants and Steelers. 

Some connections worth noting: Former Packers personnel man John Dorsey is the Chiefs general manager and Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo previously was the quarterbacks coach in Green Bay. Both have some first-hand familiarity with Finley. 


Jermichael Finley to get cleared for football soon?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) Jermichael Finley is hoping to be cleared by doctors for football activities soon -- potentially before the start of free agency. The tight end told ProFootballTalk.com that he's aiming to get the green light in a couple of weeks. His doctors are expected to examine him no later than March 11. 

Packers coach Mike McCarthy has said previously he was "open" to having Finley return to the team. The tight end is recovering from spinal fusion surgery after suffering a major neck injury in late October of last year. In five games Finley had 25 catches for 300 yards and three scores last year. 


Giants could be in market for tight end help


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Giants could look at reuniting offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo with one or two of his former players to fill their void at tight end, reports the Newark Star-Ledger.

McAdoo, who coached the Packers tight ends for six seasons in Green Bay before taking over as quarterbacks coach the past two seasons, likes using the tight end in his offense. The Giants cut Brandon Myers this offseason, and the Packers have two free agents on the market in Andrew Quarless and Jermichael Finley, who is trying to make a comeback following spinal fusion surgery last season.

Either one could be in play for the Giants, who only have Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson on the roster. Bear Pascoe is going to be an unrestricted free agent.