Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is dealing with a turf toe injury ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the Washington Redskins.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Finley is taking every measure necessary to play in Week 2, including using one of his off days (presumably) to fly to Minnesota for treatment. The Packers starting tight end sat out practice Wednesday, and coach Mike McCarthy also didn’t expect him to be ready for Thursday’s practice.
Finley said he suffered the injury in the first quarter of Green Bay’s 34-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, per Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
“I hurt it in the first quarter,” Finley said. “The first drag route I had, (Patrick) Willis fell on my heels and all of my toes dorsiflexed. From there, I felt it during the course of the game, but adrenaline rush and wanted to be out there, so I didn’t really say nothing until after the game.”
Finley maintains that rest is the only workable treatment for the injury, but he still plans on playing Sunday.
“I don’t have anything in my mind that I want to sit down Sunday,” Finley said. We have four days until Sunday, so if it’s up to me I’m going to be up there.”
Finley caught five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers. He also had a costly drop that directly led to an interception.
Andrew Quarless is listed second on the Packers tight end depth chart, and would likely start if Finley can’t go against the Redskins.
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