Mike McCarthy told "The Bill Michaels Show" that he's open to returns by Jermichael Finley, Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers Coach Mike McCarthy Open To Returning Players

It has been assumed for awhile that former Green Bay Packers Jermichael Finley, Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett were gone, if not forgotten.

But Packers coach Mike McCarthy told “The Bill Michaels Show” that’s not necessarily the case.

“No doors are closed yet and we’ll see what happens,” McCarthy said. “It’s always something that I think you have to be realistic about in the National Football League. I would love to work with all three of those guys again.”

Finley’s contract expired after the 2013 season, a year cut short by a serious neck injury and a bruised spinal cord. He wound up having fusion surgery on his neck and has not been signed by any team.

However, McCarthy said the team hasn’t moved on from Finley, who has gotten clearance from his own doctor to resume playing football.

Defensive linemen Jolly and Pickett have not attracted much interest on the open market, with Jolly coming off neck surgery of his own.

Jolly played in 13 games last year for the Packers, his first year back in the NFL after spending six months in jail and serving a three year suspension from the NFL for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Jolly, who started eight games in 2013, finished with 21 tackles and one sack.

Pickett started all 16 games last season for Green Bay, his eighth season with the team after playing the first five years of his NFL career with the St. Louis Rams. Pickett had 19 tackles last season, the lowest single-season total since his rookie year in 2001, when he played in only 11 games.

Finley played in only six games before going down with the injury last season, catching 25 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

The Packers drafted a tight end, Richard Rodgers of California, in the third round of last month’s draft, and also used a third-round pick on a defensive lineman, Khyri Thornton of Southern Miss.

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