Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has no hard feelings toward Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka.
Finley was hit in the head on a tackle by Iloka 10 days ago and suffered a concussion but returned to the Packers’ practice field today.
In the locker room after practice Finley said Iloka’s hit was clean.
“I thought it was a great hit,” said Finley. “I didn’t think it was dirty at all. That’s my opinion. If I was the safety, I’d do the same thing. It’s a part of the game. He caught me slipping, but it don’t happen often.”
The NFL fined Iloka $15,000 for hitting a defenseless receiver, but Finley doesn’t think it was warranted.
“I was a little surprised (by the fine),” said Finley. “But you know how the league works and how they do their fines. But I was surprised that he got (fined). I thought it was a clean hit.”
Finley said it might have been the ground, and not Illoka’s hit, that caused the concussion.
“The hit got my neck,” Finley said. “I think the ground caused the concussion. I’ve been hit like that 1,000 times and got up fine.”
Finley said he passed his NFL-mandated concussion test on Tuesday, which cleared him to practice this week.
Finley said it took him a couple days to get his full senses back after the concussion.
“I took my bye week, rested up a little, came back in Monday and did several tests, went to the hospital and did a couple tests,” said Finley. “It’s a long haul. You have to do several things to get back and you have to respect the league for doing it.”
Finley said he initially wanted to go back in the game against the Bengals, but medical personnel wouldn’t let him.
“I’m back now feeling great, feeling fresh and ready to get out there Sunday against the Lions,” said Finley.