According to former Packers player Mark Chmura of the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee on 540 AM, tight end Jermichael Finley will undergo surgery on Thursday.
A statement released from Finley’s agent Blake Baratz on Wednesday to ProFootballTalk.com confirmed the surgery, but not the date.
According to Baratz:
Jermichael has elected to undergo a spinal fusion with Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh Steelers team Neurosurgeon. Dr. Maroon is experienced in conducting this type of procedure on professional athletes in contact sports, and is confident that Jermichael will fully recover following the procedure. Once surgery has been completed, Jermichael has every intention of resuming his football career, and we fully support his efforts to do so.
Finley’s agent also said that while surgery may not be 100 percent necessary, the procedure is being done to alleviate future risks and possibility of re-occurrence.
Currently, Finley is on the team’s injured reserve list and will become a free agent at season’s end.
Meanwhile back in Green Bay, the Packers will hit the practice field again in preparation for the New York Giants on Sunday.
Attention will be on the players on Wednesday’s injury report that didn’t practice and seeing whether they’ll be better in time to take part on Thursday.
Those players include quarterback Aaron Rodgers, defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, linebackers Nick Perry and Mike Neal, cornerback Casey Hayward and offensive lineman Don Barclay. Some are more realistic than others to return in time for practice.
A new injury report will be released by the organization on Thursday afternoon, providing an update.
Packers wide receiver James Jones will make his weekly appearance on 101.1 FM WIXX in Green Bay for “1 on 1 with the Boys” from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. CT.
During the morning hours, McCarthy makes his weekly appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio (satellite radio) on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. CT.
He’ll be talking to one of his former players and Packers preseason announcer Rich Gannon along with Bruce Murray on the SiriusXM Blitz.