Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley, who last played for the Green Bay Packers, will have an X-ray on Thursday, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
According to Anderson:
Finley told me he's expecting to get an X-ray on his neck Thursday and an MRI within two weeks. Finley said his scans will be sent to Dr. Joseph Maroon , the Pittsburgh Steelers team neurosurgeon who performed his spinal fusion surgery. The plan is to exchange the feedback on his latest films with interested teams.
Finley's medical process stems from a serious injury he suffered this past October, a bruised spinal cord that has put his future in football in doubt.
More than a month into free agency, no team has been willing to clear Finley and make a financial committment to him.
Perhaps Finley's X-rays and scans will provide some clarity, but ultimately the buck ends with the Packers and each individual team, whether they want inherit the risk of placing him on a football field.
NFL teams may be willing take the judgement of Maroon into consideration, but just because the team doctor of the Steelers clears Finley for contact doesn't mean the rest of the league has to do so.
The Packers haven't closed the door on re-signing Finley, and head coach Mike McCarthy has expressed optimism that Finley will eventually be cleared. If and when that happens, they'll have to agree upon several tricky aspects of a contract with a player coming back from injury: the length, the size, the guaranteed money.
Also on Thursday, one pro day takes place at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, a Division II school that's developed a surprising amount of talent this year.
One player invited to the NFL Combine was defensive end Larry Webster Jr., the son of Larry Webster Sr., who spent 11 seasons in the NFL.
At 6' 6" and 252 lbs., Webster offers some intriguing size as a pass rusher but has only played two years of football after playing four years of college basketball from 2008 to 2011.
Like many former basketball players, there are some that feel Websters best position in the pros could be at tight end, but he'll be a developmental prospect.
Offensive linemen Matt Feiler was also invited to the Combine, where he measured in at 6' 6" and 330 lbs. He played left tackle in college but may be an interior offensive lineman in the NFL.
Another pair of players, offensive lineman Brian Clarke and running back Franklyn Quiteh, were invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, a postseason all-star game.
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