Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said during a radio interview on Wednesday that he is still hopeful tight end Jermichael Finley will receive medical clearance to play and that when that happens, Finley will continue to play for the Packers.
McCarthy told SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Packers are monitoring Finley’s comeback from a spinal cord injury sustained last season. Finley is hoping to receive medical clearance to resume his career after having single fusion cervical spine surgery performed in November 2013.
“In my mind he is a Green Bay Packer—hopefully,” McCarthy said. “He is going through a tough medical situation. I think we all recognize that it was a serious injury. My understanding is he is doing everything and beyond to get himself ready. We’ll continue to watch that.”
Finley was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hurt Oct. 20 in a game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field.
Finley, 27, was a third-round pick of the Packers out of Texas in 2008. He had 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns in six games last season before he was injured and nabbed a career-best 61 balls in 2012. He posted his best season in terms of receiving yards and touchdowns in 2011, when he made 55 catches for 767 yards and eight scores.
The Packers did take a tight end, Richard Rodgers out of California, in the third round of last weekend’s NFL Draft.
Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson said the drafting of Rodgers and the possibility of not having Finley available weren’t “tied” together.
“We were just trying to pick a good player,” Thompson said.