Finley to be cleared for contact soon?

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According to Jermichael himself, this is the case. While I’m doubtful the Pack will make any serious effort to retain him, I have to say I’m glad that he has recovered as he has. Hate to see careers end that way. I have a hunch that he’ll land in New England.

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5 Responses to “Finley to be cleared for contact soon?”

  1. joshywoshybigfatposhy Says:

    apparently Nick Collins is tweeting that he’s ready to play again. we could resign them both and just have 2 wheelchairs standing by on the sidelines during every game just in case.

    i’m sure both their families are thrilled about their desire to go back to playing in the NFL after “career-ending” spinal injuries. then again, maybe their families saw the mortgage/electric/credit card bills and fully support a comeback now.

    sorry, i know that’s cruel, but i can’t imagine what else, besides getting used to a super-wealthy lifestyle and then suddenly having a super-reduced income could lead either of these guys or their families to think the NFL was a smart choice for their next career move. i don’t care how much you ‘love the game.’ with injuries at the point of one’s neck, we’re talking the potential for total paralysis.

    do you remember Finley saying his son didn’t want him to play after his concussion? wasn’t that before this neck injury? how/why do you convince a 7 year old that this is a good idea and that he shouldn’t worry?

    • Dave In Tucson Says:

      It’s not just about the money. Nick Collins was an amazing athlete, and played at the highest levels of his profession. I can see how it might take more than a shrug and “oh,well, I guess that’s over” to give it up.

      As for Finley, we have to remember that not everybody is Nick Collins. Lots of guys have had neck surgery and come back to play again (Peyton Manning being perhaps the most famous).

      I know in the case of Finley, two very serious head/neck injuries in one season ought to give him pause, but at the same time, if the doctors and team say it’s okay for him to come back, it ought to be his (and his family’s) decision to make.

  2. Dave K Says:

    Finley wrote an article for Peter King’s MMQB after his injury in which he indicated he has a $10m disability policy in place which isn’t taxed as income so it’s the equivalent of around $17m in salary. And, he has saved a good portion of his second contract with the Packers. (2yrs/$14 million) Per his words, if he never plays again he and his family are set financially. His decision to play again does not seem to be about money. What else could it be you ask if not about money? How about working and sacrificing your entire life to achieve something and not wanting to give up that dream so suddenly.

  3. joshywoshybigfatposhy Says:

    i’m actually glad to see some reasonable and well-informed disagreement in reaction to my comment.

    my own passion is music and it makes you think how far you would go or what risks you would take if the ability to pursue it were threatened – and i honestly have no idea what my limits would be.

    recently though i feel like people have been giving the packers’ medical staff lots of crap for holding rodgers out as long as they did, and for not clearing collins when other doctors apparently did – and i obviously have no inside-scoop, but my intuition is that it’s not about the packers’ docs being incompetent – it’s likely more to do with them being more interested in being a responsible physician than with making the powerful people (owners/management/coaches/players) and fans happy. i understand most physicians aren’t going to give their approval if the risk is beyond a certain point – i’m also no conspiracy theorist – but i wouldn’t be surprised if it’s possible for a team doc to ‘clear’ someone to play while also covering their own ass in terms of liability.

    when you see the absurd amount of risk ‘celebrity’ doctors are able to put their patients in without any consequences, i imagine a multi-billion dollar industry is probably able to get a few docs to sign off on people that really shouldn’t be running into other giant men at full speed day in and day out.

    if finley and/or collins go back to playing, they may never have another neck-related injury at all, and retire in their late 30′s in seemingly good physical shape. but i think it’s pretty close to a guarantee that if they go out and take/deliver 7 or 8 or 10 more years of big hits, they will have serious repercussions related to their spinal injuries down the road. any time you reinforce one part of a system (spinal fusion), you essentially make the rest more prone to strain and damage.

    again, you’re right, it’s their choice and their passion – but i’ve had my own back issues and my wife has had spinal fusion surgery – and my overall sense is, you just don’t mess around when it comes to your spine.

  4. 56Coop Says:

    Hey Josh, I have also had spinal fusion and also had the bony ridge in the back of my neck removed. My neurosurgeon advised me that if it involves wearing a helmet, don’t do it. Unfortunately I waited to long to actually have the surgery which resulted in permanent nerve damage affecting my fingers arms and legs. It has seriously impaired my ability to play guitar and haven’t been in a band since. I certainly would not attempt to play football but to each his own.

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