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Report: Packers' Finley in ICU

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Oct 21 2013 09:52:32 AM CDT
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Packers tight end Jermichael Finley remained hospitalized in the intensive care unit being treated for a neck injury after he was hurt in Green Bay's game against the Cleveland Browns.

The team announced he had feeling in movement in all extremities but was undergoing additional tests. Finley was unable to move from his side when he first went to the ground Sunday.

Blake Baratz, Finley's agent, wrote on Twitter, "Keep him in your thoughts & be patient."

Finley was removed from the field on a stretcher after taking a blow to the head from Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson, who led with his shoulder on the fourth-quarter play. When Finley did not get up, medical personnel tended to him. Finley's facemask was removed but his helmet remained on when he was carried from the field.

"He couldn't move at the time (he went down), so I just told him, 'Just stay here, just lay here, don't move.'" Packers tight end Andrew Quarless said. "That look he had in his eyes, that was something that stuck with me. It really hurt me just to see him like that. My brother was out there on the ground.

"I was the first one there, I tried to help him up, and he just couldn't get up. That was tough to see, for me to see my brother out there on the ground and I couldn't do anything about it."

In the first quarter, Finley opened the scoring in the game with a 10-yard touchdown reception of an Aaron Rodgers pass. It was one of Finley's five catches for 72 yards on the day.

Coincidentally, last week, Finley received a $15,750 fine from the NFL for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area. Finley announced he planned to appeal the fine, which was assessed for his hit on Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on a Packers running play. Finley posted on his Twitter account on Friday: "Thanks To @NFL For The Fine For Playing Football."

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