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Finley reportedly cleared, but Packers coaches haven't spoken to him

May 29, 2014
 
Jermichael Finley reportedly has been cleared by his surgeon to resume football activities. File/Press-Gazette Media
Jermichael Finley reportedly has been cleared by his surgeon to resume football activities. File/Press-Gazette Media

Jermichael Finley dropped by Lambeau Field on Wednesday, but didn’t meet with Packers coach Mike McCarthy or tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot.

His agent, Blake Baratz, told Pro Football Talk on Thursday morning the 27-year-old tight end has been cleared to resume football activities by the surgeon, Pittsburgh-based Dr. Joseph Maroon, who performed the cervical fusion surgery of his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Packers’ team doctor Pat McKenzie will clear Finley, but it is a positive step in his hopes to resume his NFL career.

When asked about Finley on Thursday, tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot said he’d like to see him back with the Packers but also cognizant of the big picture, as well.

“Nothing would please me more than to be able to welcome him back as a member of the Green Bay Packers again,” Fontenot said. “That’s a decision that unfortunately isn’t going to be made by the coaching staff. It is going to be a medical decision ultimately. Sure, I’d love to see him back – but not at the expense of him possibly putting himself at risk.”

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