Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley plans to do his research and seek medical advice before considering his next move after being diagnosed with a bruised spinal cord in his neck.
"At the end of the day, we're going to do what's best for Jermichael Finley," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.
Finley, 26, 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.
McCarthy said Finley will do his "due diligence" and take his time gathering opinions from specialists on his injury situation before shifting his focus back to football.
"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!"
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 six-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."
Finley had 34 receptions for 300 yards in six games this season.
McCarthy said the three healthy tight ends on the roster will establish niches within the offense and special teams. Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick and Jake Stoneburner are all likely to be active this week, McCarthy said.