An already depleted group of receivers is going to have to survive another loss.
During the fourth quarter of Sunday's game between the Browns and the Packers, Jermichael Finley injured his head or neck on a ten yard catch and run. He looked to have dropped his head to protect himself from an impending hit by Tashaun Gipson, but he took Gipson's shoulder to the top of his helmet and dropped to the turf instantly. Gipson was flagged on the play, and Finley was attended to by the medical staff. He was ultimately carted off the field with his facemask removed.
From the looks of the hit, the exact nature of the injury is unclear. CBS commentator Kevin Harlan noted later in the game that Finley had feeling in all his extremities, so hopefully this means that there will be no long-term damage. Given the Packers' guarded nature when it comes to player injuries, it probably won't be until Monday or Tuesday that the team updates the media on his condition.
Regardless, Finley's injury is another scary reminder of the violent nature of football. Keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company for the latest news on Finley.
[UPDATE 9:03 pm] ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports that Finley has movement and feeling in all of his extremities. This was not the case at the time of the injury. He will spend the night at a local hospital for further examination.
Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also currently serves as a senior writer for Beats Per Minute, an indie-music webzine. His work has previously appeared on Lombardi Ave, College Hoops Net, LiveBall Sports, and the List Universe.
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