When Jermichael Finley worked out this offseason, he had plenty of motivation.
The Packers tight end said the dropped passes he had last season — a team-high 11 of them — and the criticism he heard from fans and media drove him to work extra hard.
Maybe too hard?
“No doubt,” Finley said. “All the dropped passes and whatnot, coming into the season, I was trying to run my routes as hard as hell, trying to catch the ball as best as possible, working out to get as big as possible and as strong as possible, so it’s myself. I’m my own enemy, man, when it comes to working out.”
It may have led to the quad injury he sustained early in training camp. Finley hasn’t practiced since Aug. 6. He missed the preseason opener at San Diego last week and says he won’t play in Thursday’s game against Cleveland, either.
“I’ve got a big year in front of me, so no setbacks,” Finley said. “I just want to come out firing the first week of the season and don’t want the injury or me pulling something. Just waiting on Doc to pull the trigger.”
Finley said he’s mostly “staying off my feet as much as possible (and) trying not to run or do too much stretching and beat my leg up. Just resting.” He also said he has been seeing Josh Sandell, his Minneapolis-based trainer/chiropractor who is now with him in Green Bay.
Though Finley, who signed a two-year, $14 million contract in the offseason, claimed he’s temporarily staying off Twitter and other social media sites, he indicated that he’s heard people wondering why he isn’t practicing.
“With me I need to learn how to, during the offseason, the offseason is the offseason,” Finley said. “During the offseason, I’m still going like I’m in training camp, which people don’t see. And I come out here in training camp and get tweaked up and whatnot, and I get questioned about workouts, why I’m not here working out? I’m like, shoot, I ain’t never in my life seen anybody holding the Lombardi Trophy in training camp.”
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