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Finley to have spinal fusion surgery, plans to play again

Nov. 13, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) was injured Oct. 20 during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) was injured Oct. 20 during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. File/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley will undergo spinal fusion surgery, his agent Blake Baratz said in a statement released Wednesday to Profootballtalk.com.

Baratz said Finley intends to resume his football career.

“We have collectively determined that while surgery may not be 100% necessary, it is a proactive measure that should alleviate future risks with regards to a similar episode or re-injury,” Baratz said in the statement.

The spinal fusion will be performed by Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh Steelers' team neurosurgeon.

“Once surgery has been completed, Jermichael has every intention of resuming his football career, and we fully support his efforts to do so,” Baratz said.

Finley sustained a bruised spine during the Oct. 20 game against the Cleveland Browns and spent four days in the intensive care unit at a Green Bay hospital.

Finley’s contract with the Packers expires after this season, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Speaking before Baratz issued his statement, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that he had not talked to Finley recently.

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