Packers Daily Links: Finley Underwent Second Surgery

Jermichael Finley had a second surgery to clear up an infection following his surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

In an interview with Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin, tight end Jermichael Finley informs readers of a second recent surgery to take care of an infection. "Nobody knows about it," said Finley. "I had caught a real small infection in my knee, so I had to go in about a week ago, had to go back under and get the infection out. I was in the hospital for two days. I’m surprised nobody knew about it. I had to get all these antibiotics in me, get blood drawn four or five times a day. It’s terrible. Right now, I’ve got this IV in my chest, a central line." Finley called it a staph infection, but then said he didn't think that's what it was. He also goes onto describe that it's "floating around the locker room," which would be a little alarming if it were a staph infection.

The Packers rank No. 25 in the NFL against the run after leading the NFL in that category a year ago notes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Injuries and circumstances have led to the indication, at least statistically, of a defensive drop-off, say the Packers. But despite the numbers, the Packers still feel they have a very good run defense and point to the 9-0 shutout against New York on Sunday as real proof - the Jets had just 119 rushing yards," writes Nickel. I personally thought they did well against Adrian Peterson in the Vikings considering how good of a back Peterson is as well.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers' interview on the Jim Rome radio show yesterday is recounted by Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette including a new-found confidence the team had following the Vikings win. “There was a different feeling in the locker room,” said Rodgers. “That confidence was back. There was an excitement. The urgency from the previous week carried over.”

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac discusses the Packers' three-man rush with Lori Nickel. “You have to look at the down and distance," said Trgovac. "When a coach decides to call that, you look at how fast the guy (the opposing quarterback) is getting the ball out. Then you look at the success of it and our three man rush has been very successful this year. Also, teams are throwing screens at us. We have more eyes on the screen, as opposed to four guys rushing. I know a lot of times people see three man rush and don’t understand it. But we have several different coverages that go along with it so teams won’t be able to pick up on it. We’re not doing the same coverage out of a three man rush.”

PackerWorldCentral thinks the loss of wide receiver Donald Driver for the Dallas game could have an adverse effect. "With the Packers relying so much on the pass and being inconsistent offensively the last two games, the loss of the second receiver will only add to the offensive problems which the Packers will have to fix after only putting up three field goals against the Jets," according to the article.

Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network lists guard Josh Sitton as one of the league's unheralded performers. "The starting right guard of the Packers has emerged as their best offensive lineman," writes Baldinger. "He’s a good one-on-one player and is also a good team blocker when the assignments require. Sitton is also both savvy and strong. He’s also helping rookie Bryan Baluga (sic) break in at right tackle. Sitton is 'next.'"

Adam Rank of NFL.com thinks wide receiver James Jones is a good pick up in fantasy leagues because of the loss of Driver. "Packers WR James Jones becomes an excellent option this week against the Cowboys," writes Rank. "Dallas was lit up by the Jaguars QB David Garrard in Week 8. Feeling pretty good about QB Aaron Rodgers chances right now. In fact, WR Jordy Nelson is also an option. But Jones is the guy who should be your highest priority right now." Now if Jones could just be consistent.

The case for claiming Randy Moss is made by Patrick Castleberg of Packershow.

Clay Matthews is called the Packers' most indispensable player by Chris Lempesis of Ol' Bag of Donuts.

A midseason position report card is provided by Zach Kruse of Bleacher Report.

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hyperRevue's picture

November 03, 2010 at 08:19 am

For all the griping about the 3-man rush, it did seem to work against the Jets. Sanchez had time, but he wasn't able to find anyone open down field.

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Ryeguy812's picture

November 03, 2010 at 09:01 am

Brian-Any chance we can get these links to "Open in New Tab" when I click on them rather than right clicking and going through it that way?

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Brian Carriveau's picture

November 03, 2010 at 09:18 am

I'll work on it. Some do, some don't. I'll try to be more consistent.

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CSS's picture

November 03, 2010 at 09:20 am

Suh is receiving a ton of recognition, including some pre-mature all-pro talk (which he is not at this point). Rookie is receiving a ton of pub from the talking heads.

Why do I bring it up? Because he was flat-out owned by Josh Sitton. The only productivity Suh had was on stunts away from Sitton. Guards never (rarely) get that type of pub, Sitton deserves more.

Just sayin'.....

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NoWayJose's picture

November 03, 2010 at 10:17 am

The three-man rush thing is interesting. I will concede that it was effective against the Jets. BUT -- I think that was a direct result of the fact it was a against the inexperienced Sanchez. It stills bothers the hell out of me against good quarterbacks.

Also, Trgo's comment that they hope teams "won't pick up on it" is crazy. One of my main issues with the 3-rush is that you can see it coming a MILE away. Anyone whose seensour defense line up can tell you before the play it's coming - whatever covereage is being run.

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November 03, 2010 at 10:27 am

It may have been against an inexperienced QB in Sanchez, but it was also against a Jet's O line that was suppose to dominate and with a pretty damn good group of receivers in Edwards, Holmes, Cotchery & Keller.

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November 03, 2010 at 10:46 am

That's alarming about Finley. Sounds like maybe community acquired MRSA (basically drug-resistant staph), which is common in places like locker rooms. Can be dangerous if not caught early, but sounds like Finley should be fine.

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bomdad's picture

November 03, 2010 at 11:20 am

Alarming and dangerous as in causing a systemic infection and death. I would not want to be Pat McKenzie right now.

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PackerAaron's picture

November 03, 2010 at 11:28 am

Ditto on that last part.

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Jack's picture

November 03, 2010 at 09:18 pm

It says more about the hospital than the doctor, doesn't it?

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Lumpy Gravy's picture

November 03, 2010 at 10:41 pm

The idea that there maybe staph/MRSA "floating" around the Pack's locker room coupled with the insane injury situation is really, really disconcerting. What happened to the med/training staff?

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bucky's picture

November 03, 2010 at 02:22 pm

Heh. I'll have to tell Rank (a Cowboys' fan, btw) he's being picked up by you guys. He's been on the ARod bandwagon a while too.

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Pooch's picture

November 03, 2010 at 03:57 pm

Moss to Tennessee, Merriman still available.Comeon Ted Pull the frickin trigger

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davyjones's picture

November 03, 2010 at 04:02 pm

Oh, please...either of these guys does more harm than good. Pulling the trigger just for the sake of doing something is not a prudent approach.

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Lumpy Gravy's picture

November 03, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Isn't Lights Out due somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million? You really think there's a shadow of a chance that TT is going to pick up damaged goods with off-field issues for half a season with that price tag? And beyond that, you'd actually WANT him to do that?

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PackerAaron's picture

November 04, 2010 at 05:51 am

Merriman was claimed by the Bills, who had the first spot in the waiver order. And thank God. That guy is so done he makes burnt toast look fresh.

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Jack's picture

November 04, 2010 at 12:48 am

Courtney Finley was tweeting about Jermichael's second hospital stay a week ago. She spent two night there with him. I'm surprised no one picked up on that.

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November 05, 2010 at 03:02 pm

I was too. I figured something was going on, but figured Finley or the team would tell us when they were ready. I almost think the press was turning a blind eye to it for some reason.

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