Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday that the decision to place TE Jermichael Finley on injured reserve “was not about football.”
“It was a medical decision made for Jermichael’s best interests as a man, a father and a husband,” McCarthy said of Finley’s neck injury. “We were not going to take that chance.
“Based on the medical report I was given, everyone agreed he should not play football this year.”
McCarthy added that Finley’s football future had not yet been determined.
“As we know Jermichael, he’ll be ready to play tomorrow in his mindset,” McCarthy said. “But this is definitely the right thing to do by him.”
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Packers LB Nick Perry may not be as close to returning to the field as his appearance at practice last Friday might have indicated.
Perry did not participate at all in Thursday’s practice and appears to be having more trouble with his injured foot.
“He’s just not ready,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “Not moving along as everybody would hope.”
In other injury news, TE Ryan Taylor (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time since injuring his knee against Baltimore three weeks ago. WR James Jones (knee) was also listed as limited, though McCarthy said he was doing mostly rehab. LB Brad Jones (hamstring) was listed as a full participant and could be nearing his return.
There were also no new updates on TE Jermichael Finley, as the team is still gathering information and medical opinions on his neck injury. Finley was at the facility on Wednesday, however, for the team picture. His teammates appreciated another chance to see him, and QB Aaron Rodgers noted it always lifts an injured player’s spirits to come back and be around the team, even if only for a little while.
“There’s a comfort being back in this locker room,” Rodgers said. “He went through a difficult injury, is still dealing with it, but this is an escape I think for a lot of us. To be in this locker room with our brothers, be able to joke around and go to practice, sit in meetings. I’m sure it’s been great for J-Mike to come back in. It’s been great to see him and give him a big hug, and he looks great.”
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Packers TE Jermichael Finley wrote a first-person piece for The MMQB website, discussing his injury and ongoing recovery.
Here are a couple of excerpts of his comments.
After the hit: “It all happened very quickly. I remember seeing the defender out of the corner of my eye, and I intentionally lowered my head and shoulders to protect my knees. After I got hit, in the fourth quarter of our win against the Browns last week, my eyes were wide open. I was very conscious, but I could not move. I looked my teammate Andrew Quarless directly in the eye and whispered, ‘Help me Q. I can’t move; I can’t breathe.’ The scariest moment was seeing the fear in Q’s eyes. I knew something was wrong, but his reaction verified it. That really shook me up.”
Finley says he plans to play football again, but he doesn’t know when.
“Based on the feedback I’ve received from doctors at this point, the question is not if I’ll play again, but when. There is no better feeling in the world than making the ‘Lambeau Leap’ into the stands, and I fully intend on having that surreal feeling again soon. I will do everything in my power to rehab and get back to the player I have been, and improve into the player I know I can be.”
For the full piece on The MMQB, click here.
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Packers TE Jermichael Finley, who was released from the hospital on Thursday, made an appearance at the team facility on Friday to visit with coaches and teammates.
“He looks good,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He looked like a dang movie star walking in here with sunglasses. It was good to see him. Big smile on his face. It’s great to have him back in the building.”
McCarthy added that more medical tests are being done on Finley’s injured neck, with information being sent to various specialists. Once that process is complete, “we’ll have to make a decision, or set a timeline,” McCarthy said.
“I know he’s glad to be out of the hospital. Just him walking in here today is what everybody needed to see.”
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Head Coach Mike McCarthy gave positive updates on T Derek Sherrod and S Sean Richardson on Thursday.
Both players are on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Sherrod began practicing last week and can practice through next week before the Packers have to make a roster decision on him. McCarthy made it sound as though there’s a good chance Sherrod could be put on the active roster.
“I think it’s promising,” McCarthy said. “It’s definitely much better than it was when the season started. I think he clearly has moved past just the mobility part of it where you originally had some concerns. He needs the padded work, the time you usually get in training camp. He’s doing some extra drill work and things like that, and we’ll try to get him acclimated as best as possible.”
Richardson, who is trying to come back from neck fusion surgery, hasn’t started practicing yet but the latest medical update was encouraging.
“We got great news on him this week,” McCarthy said. “I’m happy for Sean after what he’s been through. He looks great, so we’ll see what happens.”
McCarthy also said that TE Jermichael Finley was going to be released from the hospital on Thursday.
For more team coverage from Thursday, click here.
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Amidst all the injuries the Packers are dealing with, they’re actually starting to get healthier at some spots, which “encouraged” Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
RB James Starks (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday and was listed as a full participant, though it was a non-padded practice. Starks has been out since injuring his knee in the first half at Cincinnati in Week 3.
“James Starks looked good,” McCarthy said. “Looks to be back. We didn’t do a whole lot of team (drills) today. We were in helmets. Did a lot of jog-through and a lot of teaching periods today. Based on the workload, I thought he looked fine.”
Also listed as full participants were three players with hamstring injuries — LB Brad Jones, CB Jarrett Bush and CB Casey Hayward.
McCarthy said Jones is being “eased” back into things, but this marks the second straight week Hayward has practiced on Wednesday and appears on track to work every day. Hayward has yet to play this season after missing all but three practices in training camp.
“When push came to shove, he was close last week,” McCarthy said. “It’s good for him to get his confidence back. I think he’ll be ready to go with a full week of work.”
McCarthy didn’t have anything new to report on TE Jermichael Finley, who is seeking opinions from multiple specialists regarding his neck injury and his future outlook. Finley remains in a local hospital but continues to improve.
“We’re going to wait until everything comes in,” McCarthy said, referring to the medical reports. “(Team physician) Pat McKenzie is collecting all the information, and we’ll do our due diligence. We will not be premature on anything, and we will do what’s in the best interest of Jermichael Finley. That’s where we are.”
For the full report from the Packers’ locker room on Wednesday, click here.
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Packers LB Clay Matthews, who missed the second half of the Week 3 game in Cincinnati due to a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Wednesday but only on a limited basis. His availability for Sunday’s home game against Detroit remains in question.
“I think Clay is getting better,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s made a lot of progress since coming off the field in Cincinnati. I’m hopeful he’ll be able to do more tomorrow. That’s the plan.”
Elsewhere on the injury report, CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) has been ruled out for the fourth straight game. Since re-aggravating his hamstring injury in the third preseason game, Hayward has now been out for six weeks.
RB James Starks (knee) is also out and will be sidelined “a couple weeks,” McCarthy said. Also, backup offensive lineman Greg Van Roten sprained a foot in Monday’s practice and will be out multiple weeks.
The other six players on the injury report were full participants in Wednesday’s practice. They included S Morgan Burnett (hamstring), CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring), TE Jermichael Finley (concussion), RBs Eddie Lacy (concussion) and Johnathan Franklin (foot) and FB John Kuhn (hamstring).
In speaking to reporters for the first time since his concussion, which occurred on the first offensive series in Cincinnati, Finley called it a “long process” to get medical clearance, but he said he understands the reasons for the protocol and the protection of players’ health. He said it took a couple of days before he felt mostly normal again.
“Jermichael looks good. The bye week has helped him,” McCarthy said. “He looked like Jermichael. He’s in a good place. He practices very hard. It was good to have him back.”
To see Wednesday’s feature story on the Packers running game, click here.
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With RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) and FB John Kuhn (hamstring) still not having practiced this week, Mike McCarthy said on Thursday he’s prepared to go into Sunday’s game at Cincinnati with just two running backs — James Starks and Johnathan Franklin — if he has to.
“I’m prepared. That’s my job,” McCarthy said. “The preference is not to go into the game with two running backs. We’ll be much better prepared than we were two years ago in Kansas City.”
McCarthy referred to that game as a “hard lesson,” as the Packers’ only healthy RBs for that contest were Ryan Grant and Kuhn, and Grant had bruised ribs coming in. McCarthy said the game got to a point in the second half where “it was time to run the ball,” but Grant had to sit out a series or two and the Packers didn’t have the firepower in the backfield to make it go.
The Packers do have one RB on the practice squad, rookie Michael Hill from Missouri Western, so if neither Lacy nor Kuhn can play, Hill would be a possible third back, but a player would have to be released in order for Hill to be signed to the 53-man roster.
An emergency option would be WR Randall Cobb, who has carried the ball out of the backfield at times the past two seasons, but McCarthy said he’d never put Cobb in a workhorse-type position.
“I don’t want to make a living running the ball with Randall Cobb, let’s be honest,” McCarthy said. “Randall is a dynamic player, but he doesn’t need to be lined up behind center carrying the ball 20 times. That’s not the plan.”
It’s also not the plan to automatically sit all of the Packers’ injured players because the bye week is coming up, though McCarthy did indicate S Morgan Burnett (hamstring) is a “longshot” to play this week.
In Thursday’s full-pads practice, CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring) joined Burnett, Lacy and Kuhn as a non-participant, while TE Jermichael Finley (toe) and DE Johnny Jolly (neck) practiced but were limited. G T.J. Lang (back) was added to the report as a limited participant, but McCarthy didn’t believe his injury was anything serious.
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Packers CB Casey Hayward has been ruled out for the third straight week to start the 2013 season with a hamstring injury, so the earliest Hayward could see the field this season will come after next week’s bye.
“He just tells me he’s making progress,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He had a similar injury. This one wasn’t supposed to be as bad as when he hurt it the first time, the day before he came back for training camp, so he’s making progress.”
Hayward missed the first three full weeks of training camp before returning to practice, but then he aggravated the hamstring when he tried to play in the third preseason game vs. Seattle, on Aug. 23. He has not practiced since.
Also missing practice on Wednesday were CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring), FB John Kuhn (hamstring), RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) and TE Jermichael Finley (toe). Finley was on the report last week and rested the toe at times and then still played in the game on Sunday.
S Morgan Burnett (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis, but in the portion of the workout open to reporters, he was doing jog-thru work on the scout team, so he may be held out until after the bye week as well.
DE Johnny Jolly is also listed on the injury report with a neck injury, but he was a full participant in practice.
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Packers S Morgan Burnett practiced for the second straight day on Thursday in a limited fashion without any setbacks to his hamstring injury, which kept him out of last week’s opener in San Francisco.
Also, G Josh Sitton (back) and TE Jermichael Finley (toe) returned to practice on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday’s workout. Thursday’s practice was in pads.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Burnett was able to do more in practice on Thursday than initially expected, but after Burnett suddenly was held out of practice last Friday and had to miss the game, caution is certainly being exercised.
“It’s better than last week,” Burnett said. “It’s improving, it’s getting there. We’re going to see how I feel tomorrow.
“I want to be out there so bad. I’m anxious to get out there and get the season started. But the trainers and guys there, they’re doing their job, so that’s why we have to play it by ear.”
McCarthy said the situations for Sitton and Finley are similar. If their medical exams go well Friday morning and they can practice again, their chances of playing will look even better.
CB Casey Hayward (hamstring) has been ruled out for the second straight week, and CB Jarrett Bush pulled up in practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury and was added to the injury report. Bush was on the report last week with an ankle injury but still played.
LB Nick Perry (neck) was downgraded to a limited participant in practice after going full on Wednesday, when practice was not in pads. McCarthy said Perry’s stinger “flared up” after Wednesday’s practice and his evaluation was ongoing.
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