Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday that starting tight end Jermichael Finley and starting linebacker Nick Barnett, who each underwent surgery for their respective injuries this week, will be sidelined for a significant period of time.
Finley had surgery on Tuesday for a knee injury he sustained on the second play from scrimmage on Sunday at Washington, while Barnett underwent surgery on Wednesday morning for a wrist injury that he suffered in Week 4 against Detroit.
McCarthy said each of the players could wind up on season-ending injured reserve, but that the team isn’t expected to make any decisions on their roster status this week.
“Jermichael’s surgery revealed more than we initially thought, so his timeline for recovery is longer than we expected,” McCarthy said. “It was a procedure that Dr. Pat McKenzie did in the best interest of Jermichael’s long-term health, so with that we are looking at all of the options involved there, and IR is definitely an option, and the same with Nick Barnett.
“His surgery was performed with the same mindset, with his long-term health as the focus. He is going to have a significant rehab also. As far as what we are going to do, we’re looking at a couple of rehab options, just making sure that Jermichael and Nick are comfortable with that.”
Click here for the full transcript of McCarthy’s Wednesday press conference.
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