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Finley remains in hospital with neck injury

Oct. 21, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is hit by Cleveland Browns defensive backs Tashaun Gipson (39) and T.J. Ward (43) during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. Finley was hurt on the play and carted off the field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is hit by Cleveland Browns defensive backs Tashaun Gipson (39) and T.J. Ward (43) during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. Finley was hurt on the play and carted off the field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley remained in a Green Bay hospital on Monday morning, a source told Press-Gazette Media, almost a day after he sustained a neck injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Finley was hit in the head by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson early in the fourth quarter after a 10-yard reception. He lay motionless on his side for several minutes before getting carted off the field on a stretcher.

Finley spent the night in the hospital and has been undergoing tests.

NFL Network's Ian Rapaport reported a source saying Finley likely would leave intensive care later Monday. Finley was "walking, moving around, in good spirits," Rapaport said in a tweet.

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported that Finley isn't expected to need surgery, but that it probably will be weeks before the Packers know when or whether Finley can get back on the field.

The Packers announced after the injury that Finley had movement and feeling in all of his extremities.

Gipson received an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play for leading with his helmet, although replays indicated Gipson’s shoulder made contact with Finley’s head.

After the game, Gipson said: “All shoulder. The crown of my head did not go down whatsoever. It was a shoulder hit. I don’t know the place where it hit him exactly. I just know I saw him break out of the middle. He was running a slant. I’m driving on the ball. There’s a collision, and he’s down. I really haven’t watched the play, so I can’t really tell you what happened. I was just going out there playing physical.”

On Monday, Gipson sent this tweet: "Thoughts and prayers going out to (Jermichael Finley) hoping for a speedy recovery. God bless bro."

Finley's teammates were shaken by the injury.

"It had me messed up to see the look in his eyes," said Packers tight end Andrew Quarless. "Couldn't help him up, couldn't do anything for him."

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