Finley, 26, in his sixth season as a member of the green and gold, sustained a bruised spinal cord in his neck early in the third quarter during the Packers' 31-13 triumph over the visiting Cleveland Browns on Sunday, resulting in the former Texas Longhorn being placed in an intensive care unit at a Green Bay hospital.
Last seen being carted off on a stretcher upon sustaining the injury following being hit by Cleveland safety Tashaun Gipson at the end of a 10-yard reception, the 6’4”, 240-pound Finley sent out a series of tweets on Monday afternoon providing an update on his condition.
“I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, fans and Packer Nation for the prayers and support over the past 24 hrs.,” Finley wrote. “I’m happy to report that I have been transferred out of the intensive care unit and that I have full feeling in my arms and legs. As importantly, I was able 2 walk to & from the shower today, which was badly needed after yesterday’s victory! Thank u again 4 the support, and Go Packers!”
Finley, who has 25 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns to his name this season, also sustained a concussion during Green Bay’s loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 22 following a helmet-to-helmet collision with Bengals safety George Iloka, which resulted in a $15,000 fine for the second-year player.
While a return to the football field is far from the minds of the team and its personnel, Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy, who has coached Finley since the Lufkin, Texas native was selected by the Packers in the third round (91st overall) of the 2008 NFL draft, addressed the media on Monday per his tight end’s health.
“This is something that needs to be seen by more than one doctor,” noted McCarty, who spent time with Finley at the hospital on Sunday night, per a report by ESPN.com. “Jermichael is very, very upbeat, very positive. Always has a smile on his face, so I mean he’s focused on what’s most important. That’s his health and his family.”
Green Bay (4-2), currently in first place in the NFC North, returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 27 when they travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.