Report: Jermichael Finley's Doctor Gives TE Full Medical Clearance

Finley has reportedly been cleared by Dr. Joseph Maroon, the team neurosurgeon of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:

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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Evan's picture

May 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I think I'm increasing the odds of a Packers reunion to 50-50.

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May 29, 2014 at 01:20 pm

I'd like it if he comes back and is healthy (obviously). But if he doesn't come back I'm OK with the current TE group. GB doesn't need a Pro-Bowl or Elite TE to be successful.

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Evan's picture

May 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

‏@NFL_ATL
Agent: Jermichael Finley to visit mystery team Friday

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bfarrow's picture

May 29, 2014 at 02:16 pm

I welcome Finley to re-join the Pack. I just wish him the best. He's the one who has to take the risk of being permanently disabled. I could see double TE's Finley and Q or Finley and the freak from Oregon. Sweeet.

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