GREEN BAY — According to Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, tight end Jermichael Finley was likely to be released Thursday from the hospital after sustaining a neck injury in Sunday’s home win against Cleveland.
“My understanding is Jermichael is supposed to get out today,” McCarthy said at his Thursday press conference.
Finley confirmed McCarthy as later Thursday he sent out the following tweet:
Home Sweet Home! #FinleyStrong— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) October 24, 2013
Finley has been ruled out of Sunday night’s game at Minnesota and it is unknown when or if he’ll return this season. Finley, who will be a free agent after this season, is third on the Packers with 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Andrew Quarless, who has 4 catches for 28 yards this season, will replace Finley.
“All I can really do as far as him is try to match what he was doing, for my teammates, for him,” Quarless said.
McCarthy thinks, Quarless, the fourth-round pick from Penn State in 2010 has the ability to increase his level of play.
“I think he could take his game up to another level,” McCarthy said. “He needs to exert himself, like he has done in spurts.”
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