Jermichael Finley is back in Green Bay but reportedly won’t be undergoing any tests on his surgically repaired neck with the Packers’ team doctors, according to ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky.
The report states the 27-year-old tight end planned to travel to Green Bay with his family and meet with the Packers doctor, Patrick McKenzie, whom he had not seen recently. A source told Demovsky, “It's a formality, no testing. Nothing more, nothing less.”
This comes after Finley sent out a series of cryptic tweets over the past week that had many speculating if he’d been cleared from the spinal fusion surgery he underwent on Nov. 14, 2013, to fuse his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae.
McKenzie and the Packers have been cautious with neck injuries in recent years. Finley’s fusion occurred at the same level as former Packers safety Nick Collins, who has not played since suffering the injury in Week 2 of the 2011 season.
Finley’s contract ran out with the Packers after their 23-20 wild-card loss to San Francisco, but his locker remains intact at Lambeau Field. He visited with the Seattle Seahawks in March but did not receive medical clearance from their doctors.
Shortly after the ESPN.com report, Finley’s agent, Blake Baratz, said on his Twitter account:
“@JermichaelF88 is making tremendous strides, is in the best shape of his life, & this is a process.#Patience”
Even if progress is being made, a Finley signing doesn’t appear imminent. Packers general manager Ted Thompson and many of his personnel assistants are in Florida for annual scouting meetings.