GREEN BAY, Wis. — Any hope of Jermichael Finley playing this season ended Tuesday, as the Green Bay Packers placed their tight end on injured reserve.
Sixteen days after Finley suffered an injury that led to a two-centimeter bruise on his spine, the Packers decided to shut him down for the rest of the season.
“The medical decision made for Jermichael was in the best interest of him as a man, as a father, as a husband,” coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday. “This wasn’t about football. We were not going to take that chance. The doctor’s report, based on the medical report that I was given, everybody agreed that he should not play football this year.
“What happens in the future, as far as the path that he’s taken, that has not yet been determined. But, as we know, Jermichael, he’ll be ready to play tomorrow, in his mindset. The guy works. I mean, he loves football, he loves training and so forth. But this is definitely the right thing to do by him, and that’s why that decision was made.”
Finley, 26, is a free agent after this season. He had 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns in six games before the injury.
Finley plans to resume his NFL career, but, at least for now, it won’t be in Green Bay.
The Packers made two other roster moves Tuesday, placing rookie inside linebacker Sam Barrington on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and activating offensive lineman Derek Sherrod off of the Physically Unable to Perform list.
It had been nearly 23 months since the last time that Sherrod was on the active roster. He broke his right leg in December 2011.
Green Bay filled its final roster spot by activating practice-squad quarterback Scott Tolzien to the 53-man roster. Tolzien will take over as the backup to Seneca Wallace while starter Aaron Rodgers misses time with a broken collarbone.