Jermichael Finley Fantasy News
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:50pm
Free agent TE Jermichael Finley reportedly couldn't pass a physical with Seattle when he visited the team. That's not a huge surprise, but there's no guarantee with his neck injury that he will be cleared over the summer. If he's healthy, it sounds like a matter of time until the Seahawks sign him.
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Jermichael Finley fails physical with Seahawks
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:16am
Finley is barely more than four months removed from neck surgery performed Nov. 14 to fuse his C-3/C-4 vertebrae. He made a free-agent visit to the Seahawks during the first week of free agency so the team’s medical staff could assess his recovery.
The source didn’t know whether the Seahawks will bring Finley back for a re-check. Though Finley has said he expected his surgeon to proclaim the bone in the neck fusion healed this month, that doesn’t mean NFL teams will clear him to play football, at least for now.
Time will tell if Finley will be cleared to play in time for the 2014 season. He's not expected to be cleared for another month or two at least.
Packers re-sign TE Andrew Quarless
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:28pm
Quarless took over for Jermichael Finley after Finley went down in Week 7. From Week 8 through the Packers' playoff loss to the 49ers, Quarless averaged 2.6 catches for 27 yards and 0.20 TD, or 3.9 fantasy points per game. That's about what Brandon Pettigrew and Tyler Eifert scored in 2013, so it's not terribly promising. Moreover, his two best games -- back to back 6-66-1 outings against the Falcons and Cowboys -- came with Matt Flynn under center, so it's not clear what kind of rapport he has with Aaron Rodgers. According to Mockdraftable, he most resembles Todd Heap athletically, though it's tough to make that case using the eye test. Still, if he's starting, Quarless will be an intriguing TE2 option playing in Green Bay's high-octane offense.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 10:45pm
The clearance has not yet come. Per a league source, it could be coming very soon.
Finley’s primary doctor and his neurosurgeon currently are out of the country, but they will return on Friday. The goal is to get Finley cleared by Tuesday, so that he can participate in free agency when it opens.
Packers optimistic about Jermichael Finley's return
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:35pm
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism Friday that unrestricted free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley will be able to resume his NFL career and hope that the team would be able to re-sign the tight end.
The 26-year-old Finley, who suffered a bruised spinal cord in an Oct. 20 game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field and underwent single fusion cervical spine surgery in November, is set to become a free agent on March 11. He has not yet been cleared by the doctor who performed the surgery, Pittsburgh Steelers doctor Joseph Maroon, but McCarthy indicated in an interview Friday that the Packers’ team doctor, Patrick McKenzie, is encouraged by Finley’s prognosis.
Widely expected to land elsewhere, it sounds as if the Packers are open to the possibility of re-signing Finley. His fantasy value would be maximized in Green Bay's offense.
Jermichael Finley should be cleared for contact in 4-8 weeks
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:41am
Joseph Maroon, the neurosurgeon who performed surgery on the Jermichael Finley's bruised spine, informed the Packers that there’s a “99.9%” chance the fusion will fully heal. At that point, agent Blake Baratz said this week, Maroon would clear Finley for “full football activity.”
“In some players, it takes four weeks while in others in can six months or longer,” Baratz said. “In Jermichael's case because of how he has developed and (how) his initial X-Ray looked, Dr. Maroon believes sometime in the next 4-8 weeks his should fully heal.”
“Jermichael would love to play his entire career in Green Bay. However, he also understands that this is a business and you can only control what you can control. Hopefully everything works out between the Packers and Jermichael but none of us have a crystal ball.”
Finley's fantasy value would be highest if he returned to the Packers, but that seems unlikely at this point.
Jermichael Finley to be cleared for contact in 3-4 weeks
Friday, January 31, 2014, 7:24pm
Finley hits free agency this fall and while the Packers are expected to let him walk, he could sign a one-year deal to prove his health before testing free agency again in 2015. If he signs elsewhere, Brandon Bostick would be the big beneficiary. (Andrew Quarless is also a free agent.) The tight end is a crucial component in the Green Bay offense.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:34am
Regardless of what happens with TEs Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless (both free agents), the Packers are excited to take a greater look at Brandon Bostick. A former wide receiver at Newberry (S.C.) College, Bostick's game has a striking resemblance to Finley's.
In fact, the speedy Bostick averaged an impressive 17.1 yards on his seven catches this season before suffering a broken foot in Week 15. Bostick was in a boot when the season ended, but said that would be off by February. He expects to be running before March.
"I definitely think I showed I can play with the guys," Bostick said. "I can make plays on offense. I think I showed the coaches I can be a playmaker and can make plays on offense and special teams."
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 10:56am
Since undergoing single-fusion surgery of his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae in November, TE Jermichael Finley has been splitting his rehab between Green Bay and Minneapolis. It’s the same injury that ended safety Nick Collins’ career, but Finley’s camp remains hopeful he’ll play again.
At some point, the Packers and team doctor Patrick McKenzie will evaluate Finley and decide whether or not to invest long term. In a recent interview with ESPN, Finley suggested he’s not looking to take a discount because of the injury.
Brandon Bostick trying to fill Finley's shoes
Friday, November 22, 2013, 10:19am
Brandon Bostick could very well be the Packers' future at tight end given the likelihood that Jermichael Finley will not return to the team next season. Finley suffered a herniated disc in his neck and is recovering from single-level fusion surgery, according to a report.
The Packers also have Andrew Quarless and Ryan Taylor to fill the void Finley has left, but neither of them has the Finley-like athletic qualities that Bostick does. The 6-3, 255-pound tight end ran faster and jumped higher than Finley coming out of college and has people pondering the limits of his ability.
"I think there's a lot of potential there," receiver James Jones said. "No. 1, he's extremely fast for his position. He has great hands and if he can just get it in his mind that nobody can stop him, and go out there and play the way he plays at practice, he's going to become a great player because he has all the tools."
Bostick has just four catches for 68 yards this season, but his recent contribution has the coaches contemplating how good he can be. At Newberry, he was a dominant receiver and even played one year of basketball. But it took him a year of being on the practice squad and improved special teams play to get him where he is now.
"He has a lot of potential," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "He's gotten better. He has a lot of physical tools to work with. He's doing well; he can do better."
But to get on the field more, Bostick has to block better. It has been the pebble in his shoe since making the switch to tight end, and while he has made a lot of gains, it was obvious against the Giants that when a blocker was needed Quarless or Taylor was called upon.
"He's made the most of his opportunities," tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot said. "That's a positive. We still have some things we'd like to clean up and improve, but he's definitely taking a step in the right direction."
It's doubtful that Bostick suddenly becomes startable this year in redraft leagues, but dynasty/keeper owners should take note. It's very unlikely that Finley will be back at 2014, so the Packers have a large hole at TE.
Jermichael Finley to have spinal fusion surgery
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 5:10pm
"We have collectively determined that while surgery may not be 100% necessary, it is a proactive measure that should alleviate future risks with regards to a similar episode or re-injury. Jermichael has elected to undergo a spinal fusion with Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh Steelers team Neurosurgeon. Dr. Maroon is experienced in conducting this type of procedure on professional athletes in contact sports, and is confident that Jermichael will fully recover following the procedure. Once surgery has been completed, Jermichael has every intention of resuming his football career, and we fully support his efforts to do so."
Finley's career is certainly in jeopardy, though if surgery is successful, it sounds as if he could return to the league.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 5:49pm
The Packers placed Finley on season-ending injured reserve with a spinal contusion, activating offensive tackle Derek Sherrod from the reserve/physically unable to perform list to take the roster spot.
The move was fully expected, as Finley is still recovering from the scary Week 7 collision which he compared to a bad car accident.
Packers WR James Jones active for MNF
Monday, November 4, 2013, 7:20pm
MNF Injury Report - James Jones QUESTIONABLE
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 5:17pm
LB Lance Briggs (shoulder), QB Jay Cutler (groin)
WR Joe Anderson (abdomen)
LB Blake Costanzo (knee), CB Charles Tillman (knee), S Major Wright (knee)
TE Jermichael Finley (neck), LB Clay Matthews (thumb)
LB Nick Perry (foot)
WR James Jones (knee)
LB Brad Jones (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (toes), TE Ryan Taylor (knee)
Jones was limited in practice Thursday through Saturday this week. Some beat reporters said he looked like he was doing everything on Saturday, but in reality it appears to be the dreaded game-time decision for Jones. If you don't have a backup plan, you should probably move on from Jones and go another direction again this week. Jarrett Boykin would lose a little value if Jones plays.
Packers look to get James Starks more involved
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:28am
Now the challenge for the Packers is finding the right balance, the right mixture of both.
They don't want to overwork the starter Lacy, who currently ranks fifth in carries per game. Green Bay will need the bruising rookie fresh down the stretch. And the Packers will also want to be careful with Starks, who has battled several injuries through his four-year career.
Lacy has asserted himself as a starter through 97 carries in four straight wins. But signs point to more of a balance than the 29/7 split Sunday night at Minnesota. And as the Packers often say, they'll be riding the "hot hand."
With WR Randall Cobb and TE Jermichael Finley out, and WR James Jones still a question, it's not a surprise that the Packers just want to run the ball a few more times and that means giving it Starks rather than increasing Lacy's carries. For now, Lacy should still be the RB1, but Starks looks like he's going to see a bump in value and may even be a flex option in deeper leagues going forward. If you own Lacy, Starks would be a good handcuff.