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Reports Say Finley Has Bruised Spinal Cord

GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Jermichael Finley tweeted yesterday that he's out of intensive care, and he has full feelings in his arms and legs.  Multiple media reports now say the Green Bay Packers' tight end bruised his spinal cord when he was hit in the helmet by a defender's hard-charging shoulder in Sunday's home win over Cleveland. 

In his tweet, Finley said he could walk to-and-from his shower, which he quote, "badly needed" after the Packers' victory.  Neither Finley nor the Packers have any idea when -- or if -- he can return.  Coach Mike McCarthy had very few answers during his mid-afternoon news conference yesterday.  He still listed Finley's condition as a neck injury. 

 McCarthy did say the 26-year-old Finley was quote, "very upbeat" and "very positive" when he saw the player on Sunday night.  McCarthy said Finley would get more than one medical opinion on how he should proceed and quote, "At the end of the day, we're going to do what's in the best interest of Jermichael Finley." It remains uncertain as to why his spinal cord was compressed. 

Finley, in the final year of his current contract, caught 34 passes for 300 yards with three touchdowns.  Green Bay has three healthy tight ends -- Andrew Quarless, Jake Stoneburner, and Andrew Bostick.  Ryan Taylor is recovering from knee surgery.  McCarthy says it will be important to re-define the tight ends' roles in Finley's absence.

 The Packers lead the N-F-C North Division at 4-and-2, and will play at Minnesota on Sunday night.

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