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Packers' Finley up and moving in hospital

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Jermichael Finley remained hospitalized Monday due to a neck injury, but the Green Bay Packers tight end posted a series of optimistic tweets on his Twitter account.

Finley was removed from the field on a stretcher Sunday after taking a blow to the head from Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson, who led with his shoulder on the fourth-quarter play during the Packers' 31-13 win.

"I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, fans and Packer Nation for the prayers and support over the past 24 hrs," he wrote @JermichaelF88. "I'm happy to report that I have been transferred out of the intensive care unit and that I have full feeling in my arms and legs. As importantly, I was able 2 walk to & from the shower today, which was badly needed after yesterday's victory! Thank u again 4 the support, and Go Packers!"

Earlier Monday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy was cautiously optimistic when discussing Finley.

"He's up and performing daily activities, and he's in good spirits," McCarthy said. "Jermichael is very upbeat, very positive, he always has a smile on his face. He's focused on what's most important, which is his health and his family."

McCarthy wouldn't speculate on a prognosis for Finley, including what the playing future holds for the sixth-year veteran.

"We do not have enough information," McCarthy said. "This is something that needs to be seen by more than one doctor. I think it's important to always go through the process, do your due diligence, and you know at the end of the day we're going to do what's in the best interest of Jermichael Finley."

Meanwhile, media outlets carried other encouraging news. Finley should be able to recover without undergoing surgery, USA Today Sports reported. A source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that Finley's hospital stay was precautionary. "He's going to be fine," the source said.

McCarthy said he watched the video footage of the hit by the Cleveland Browns' Tashaun Gipson on Finley a number of times Sunday after the game and also Monday morning. McCarthy's assessment is Gipson, who lowered his shoulder before making what appeared to be incidental helmet-to-helmet contact with Finley, didn't do anything malicious despite the 15-yard unnecessary-roughness penalty the safety received for leading with the helmet.

"I don't know really what you can do," McCarthy said. "It just seemed like one of those situations where it just kind of went that way. Obviously, Jermichael's being tackled from behind, so his inability to protect himself because he's holding onto the football (as) he's going to the ground, and the timing and the angle of the hit, I don't think it was a dirty play. I thought it was two guys playing football, or three guys that were involved in the collision."
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