The Green Bay Packers face a delicate decision with Jermichael Finley while treading a fine line between ending his season and showing favortism to a star player.
Because Finley is a bona fide playmaker, the Packers may be more patient than most players when making a decision whether or not to place him on injured reserve.
One can only guess what the team will decide to do. If Finley falls on the sunny side of eight to 10 weeks, he could be back in time for the final few regular season games and conceivably a final playoff push.
On the other hand, 10 weeks basically is the end of the regular season and nearing the post-season, and that's if there is even a post-season in store for head coach Mike McCarthy's squad.
The Packers already set precedent with running back Ryan Grant, choosing to place him on season-ending injured reserve instead of waiting for him to recover in time for a late-season return.
They also face a similar situation with linebacker Nick Barnett who's estimated to be out a similar length of time as Finley. How the Packers treat these two players will undoubtedly be compared and contrasted to how they treated Grant.
Should the team choose to handle the injury to Finley any differently than Grant or Barnett, it's not outrageous to think it might cause trouble in the locker room.
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