According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:
Agent Blake Baratz tells PFT Live that Dr. Maroon has given Jermichael Finley full medical clearance.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 29, 2014
For someone coming off a serious neck injury and subsequent spinal-fusion surgery between the C3 and C4 vertebrae, this qualifies as big news.
Finley has been outspoken about his intentions about returning to football ever since being placed on season-ending injured reserve last season, but up to this point, neither the Packers nor any other NFL team has been comfortable with clearing Finley and signing him as a free agent.
While Maroon is the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is considered a leader in his field, the Packers are not necessarily obligated to either clear Finley or sign him.
On the other hand, they may very well hold Maroon's professional opinion in high regard and act upon it.
Just two seasons ago, the Packers failed to clear safety Nick Collins after having the same procedure done on his spinal column.
Finley reportedly visited with the medical staff in Green Bay on Wednesday but the extent of their meeting is unclear.
Earlier in the offseason, Finley received interest from the Seattle Seahawks, going as far as to make a visit to team headquarters but left without a contract.
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