Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was released from a hospital and returned to his Green Bay home, ESPN reported Thursday.
Finley was hospitalized, initially in intensive care, since Sunday after sustaining a spinal contusion in his neck. The injury caused temporary numbness in his extremities after taking a hit during the Packers’ 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns.
He may follow up by seeing additional doctors as has shared images of his MRIs, CT scans and other tests with other neurosurgeons and spinal injury specialists.
Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, who is one of several who visited Finley during the week, said Finley was most concerned about when he could return to the field.
“One of his biggest things was, ‘I’m going to get back,’ ” Quarless said. “That’s in any of us. Anytime any guys go down, I mean this is what we love to do, so that’s the first thing (Finley asked doctors). ‘When am I going to get back? What’s the timetable?’ and stuff like that. So that’s a little bit of what they talked about.”
Packers tight end Brandon Bostick said Finley intends to continue his career.
“You know Jermichael, he’s a competitor; he definitely wants to play,” Bostick said. “I definitely think he’ll be back as soon as he can.”
Coach Mike McCarthy said no decision will be made about Finley’s possible return until all the medical reports are complete.
Finley was injured in the fourth quarter on a hit to the head by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, who was not penalized on the play. The game was delayed for 6 minutes while the team’s medical staff attended to Finley.
Gipson he has not been notified if he will be fined.
He also said he sent Finley a text message but did not say if Finley responded.