Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is taken off the field on a stretcher during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers TE Jermichael Finley to have neck surgery; career could be over

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley had a serious neck injury last month, which was diagnosed as a spinal cord contusion that could require surgery. There was immediate speculation that Finley’s career could be over, but things have quieted down over the past few weeks.

However, now the discussion has been brought back to the forefront thanks to former Packers tight end Mark Chmura.

Chmura made an appearance on 540 ESPN Milwaukee on Monday, where he passed along the news that Finley will be undergoing neck surgery this week and that he believes his career will be over — at least in Green Bay.

“I will give you a little snibbet,” Chmura said (without identifying the dictionary in which he found the word “snibbet”).  “I got a chance to talk to Jermichael Finley before the game, and I would bet my bottom dollar his career’s over.  Over.  He needs surgery, and it’s herniated in [the C3 and C4 vertebrae]. . . .  I think it’s gonna be a Nick Collins deal.  He’s definitely not gonna play in Green Bay, I’d put my house on that.

“I believe he’s undergoing surgery on Thursday. He literally could not move his neck.”

Neither Finley nor his agent have spoken up about the issue, but you would have to imagine that a statement could be coming soon.

With Chmura’s comments and the news that Finley will undergo surgery later this week, it is time to let everyone know what the current plan is. Of course, don’t expect Finley to give up on his career just yet.


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