Report: Jermichael Finley to Have X-Ray and MRI on Neck

Thearon W. Henderson

According to reports, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley will undergo an X-ray on his surgically repaired neck this Thursday followed by an MRI in the next two weeks.

After several quiet weeks from Jermichael Finley's camp, word surfaced through ESPN's Josina Anderson that the tight end expects to get an X-ray on his surgically repaired neck Thursday with an MRI following sometime over the next two weeks.

Prior to the start of free agency, Finley spread the word that successful spinal fusion surgery would allow him to continue his career. Optimism similarly sprouted from the Packers, who continue to monitor Finley's situation.

However, in the time since, Finley hinted at a contract offer from the Seahawks that never materialized. While the exact reason for Seattle's decision to not sign Finley is unknown, a failed physical during his March visit is the most likely explanation.

It remains premature to make any declarations about the future of Finley's career. The Packers, infamously one of the league's most conservative teams in terms of medical clearance, believe his situation differs from that of Nick Collins, a player who never returned from his own C3-C4 spinal fusion procedure. However, with the draft under a month away, it's only becoming more difficult for Finely to find a landing spot.

But it only takes one team to declare Finley healthy enough to play. If he remains healthy, Finley remains of the league's best tight ends.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Hook'em Headlines. His work has previously appeared on Beats Per Minute, Lombardi Ave, and College Hoops Net.
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