Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Could this be the End for Green Bay's Jermichael Finley?

The Green Bay Packers won the game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, but they may have been hit with a pretty big loss--tight end Jermichael Finley. He was having a solid day with five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown when a scary hit caused him to go down. After what seemed like an eternity he was carted off the field and taken to the hospital.

His injury was severe enough that he had to spend the night in intensive care. 

From Bleacher Report
On Monday he was moved out of intensive care and sent out the following tweets to his fans:

The early word is that he has a bruised spinal cord which leads to the million dollar question--is he ever going to play again?

Hard hits are a part of the game, but when ever you talk about someone losing feeling in their limbs and being able to walk its pretty serious. Yeah, when you play the game its the chance you take, but no one wants to finish playing and become a burden on his family because he's a vegetable or can't walk.

After the concussion he received a month ago he had a conversation with his five-year old son that has likely
been playing through his head since Sunday:
“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.”
That was a concussion. Now we are talking a spinal cord injury. Having your head rattled is one thing, but not being able to walk is something else all together.

Losing him would be a blow to the Packers, but his long term health is much more important than the game.

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