Posted October 21, 2013

Jermichael Finley suffers second serious head injury in four-game stretch

Green Bay Packers, NFC North
Jermichael Finley was immobilized and stretchered off the field after a hit from Browns safety Tashaun Gipson.

Jermichael Finley was immobilized and carted off the field after a hit from Browns safety Tashaun Gipson. (Tom Lynn/AP)

For the second time in the last month, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley saw his day on the field end early as result of a serious head injury. FInley was obviously wobbly after he was hit by Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka in the first quarter of Green Bay’s 34-30 loss on Sept. 22. Finley tried to get to his feet after the hit, but quickly went back to the ground. He was taken to the locker room and scratched for the rest of the game with what appeared to be a concussion.

In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Packers game against the Cleveland Browns, Finley took a slant pass from Aaron Rodgers and lowered his head just as safety Tashaun Gipson was moving in to tackle him. Gipson hit Finley on the head with his shoulder, and Finley spent several minutes on the ground. He was immobilized by the Packers’ training staff and stretchered off the field — hopefully as a purely precautionary measure. Finley appeared to wave with his right hand as he was taken from the field. The team is officially calling it a neck injury, adding that Finely reportedly has feeling in all his extremities.

It is not yet known whether Finley suffered another concussion, but it’s safe to say that Finley’s family is very concerned for his health. After the Iloka hit, Finley told the media about a conversation he had with his young son.

“When I came back to reality, when I came to my senses and got my balance and my vision back, I picked up my phone,” he remembered, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Of course my wife called like 30-plus times, seriously. And first of all, she put my little man on the phone and he asked me if there was a flight I could catch out during the game. And he said, ‘Daddy I don’t want you to play football anymore.’ So that was a little hard to take, hearing a 5-year-old just knowing the violence and intensity of the game. And seeing his Dad walk off the field like he did is pretty hard for a family to see.”

Finley also talked in detail about just how confusing and frightening a concussion can be.

“When the play was called, I knew it was coming to me. So I got on my horse and I knew I had the linebacker, of course, but didn’t necessarily see the safety all the way. Aaron Rodgers threw the ball, I dove, and after that I felt the hit at my shoulder. Then after all that happened, I was unconscious by then. I watched the film, had a knee to my head, then I had the ground contact. So I guess the ground knocked me out. Then I looked to the sideline and all I saw were jerseys, the yellow pants we wear and I didn’t see any heads or legs. Everybody was decapitated and my body was just on fire.”

The Packers had a bye after the Bengals game, which allowed Finley to return to action against the Detroit Lions in Week 5. He has not missed a game this season, but he’s certainly not a lock to play against the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday, and we certainly hope the Packers will follow all the necessary protocols … and then some.

18 comments
M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Some of these internet tough guys are just trying to get a rise out of the rest of us. Can't have a discussion or reason with them. Treat them the way you treat a screaming toddler: ignore.

pokey
pokey

You people are awful how could you praise an injury. And packer fans arent the worst i take offense to that.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

I stood up and cheered this injury, packers fans r the worst

MidwestModerate
MidwestModerate

@Richard--Ramirez Finely is not a bad guy, maybe showboats once and awhile, but no one deserves to have a possible career ending injury or permanent paralysis. He is not a dirty player, he is respectful to all of us in the community, and he has done a great job this year for us when healthy.  Your posts are disrespectful, spiteful, and downright nasty. Anyway, the word in town is that he is up and walking which is great news.

And @x72 First of all, there is almost no game that is out of reach. We learned that earlier this year when we played CIN and we were up by 16. It is the offense's responsibility to score points until the other team stops you. And I dare you to find a football organization with more class. Until you know the men and women who make up the GB organization, you know nothing.

x72
x72

Injury is on McCarthy & Rodgers.

1. They shouldn't be passing when the game is out of reach

2. Rodgers has a knack for leading his receivers into big hits.

Just run the ball w/ lacy and you wouldn't have risked this man's life.

DmN33
DmN33

My guess is Finley is done playing football for the season. Maybe forever.

Hola
Hola

Finley lowered his head, but concussions are nothing to play with.

x72
x72

But that's the classless packers for you, trying to run up the score vs the lowly Browns.

GeorgeBest7
GeorgeBest7

@Richard--Ramirez Everything about you screams idiot including your fake tough guy screen name.  

Good luck to Finley from a Lions fan.

DmN33
DmN33

@Richard--Ramirez @Terry That's just a dumb thing to say. I haven't liked Finley much over the last few years, but he has been maturing. But to say that someone deserves a potentially life-changing injury? Grow up.