Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive back T.J. Ward (43) and defensive back Tashaun Gipson (39) in the 4th quarter at Lambeau Field. Finley was injured on the play and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Jermichael Finley nearing full recovery; should be fully healed in next 4-8 weeks

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley had his football future placed in jeopardy after suffering his second serious head/neck injury of the season on October 20, but he is getting closer to being fully healthy.

Finley’s agent, Blake Baratz, said that the tight end should be back to full health within the next four to eight weeks which could give him the green light to return to the field, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Many have said in the past few months that Finley should not play again, but Baratz says that Finley will give a return his best shot even if a playing career is no guarantee.

“This isn’t a reckless stab at wanting to play football again. He wants to play because this is his livelihood and what he has worked so hard for his entire life,” Baratz said.

“He’s only 26 years old and isn’t ready for the next chapter of his life yet. If that decision is forced upon him, then he understands. We adjust and we move forward. He’s working out and rehabbing almost six hours per day with a group of experts to ensure that he stays in the best shape possible.”

If Finley is healthy and can get cleared, hopefully he can continue to do what he loves. However, if he is risking his long term health, it  may be best to hang up the cleats and enjoy his family.

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