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Report: Packers' Finley likely headed to IR

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Tight end Jermichael Finley remained in a Green Bay hospital Wednesday, and the Green Bay Packers likely will place him on season-ending injured reserve, CBS Sports reported.

Finley sustained a neck injury and reportedly bruised his spinal cord on a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the Packers' 31-13 home win over Cleveland on Sunday. He is due to be released from the hospital Thursday morning, according to CBS Sports.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Finley was "still seeking the opinions from specialists.

"(General manager) Ted (Thompson) and I met (Tuesday). We're going to wait until everything is in. (Team doctor) Pat McKenzie is collecting all of the information. We'll do our due diligence. Obviously, we will not be premature on anything, and we'll do what's in the best interest of Jermichael. That's where we are."

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after Wednesday's practice, "I visited him a couple times at the hospital. Monday, I went over there and saw him. It was good to see the improvement (Tuesday) when I went back. He looked like himself, and he was moving around good.

"I was encouraged by his spirits (Tuesday) and look forward to seeing him back in the locker room at some point."

For the indefinite future, the NFC North-leading Packers will have to make do without Finley's potency in the passing game. After six games, he ranks third on the team with 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

The Packers' other tight ends -- Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor and undrafted rookie Jake Stoneburner -- have a combined six catches for 39 yards and no TDs. Quarless leads that group with four receptions for 28 yards, while first-year player Bostick and the recently promoted Stoneburner are looking to make their first pro catch.

Taylor is on the mend from knee surgery last week and is highly questionable to be cleared for the Packers' road game Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

"We're going to need Andrew and Brandon Bostick and Jake Stoneburner to step up and Ryan, if he can play," Rodgers said. "Obviously, it's going to take more than just one of those guys to replace the production that Jermichael had, (but) I think we have the guys who can step in and play roles for us."

Quarless, who also visited the hospital, said he heard Finley say he plans to continue his playing career.

"One of his biggest things was, 'I'm going to get back,'" Quarless said, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "That's in any of us."
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