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Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Packers' Finley to undergo spinal surgery, plans to play again

Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley will undergo spinal fusion surgery as a result of a terrifying injury suffered on a hit against Cleveland three weeks ago, his agent confirmed,  adding that Finley plans to return to the NFL.
Blake Baratz, Finley's agent, released a statement on Wednesday confirming plans to have Steelers team neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon perform the operation, describing it as "a proactive measure that should alleviate future risks with regards to a similar episode or re-injury."
Packers receiver Jermichael Finley (AP photo)n
Maroon, the statement continued, "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.''
The statement was sent out, Baratz said, to "clarify" Finley's situation, after former Packers tight end Mark Chmura told a MIlwaukee radio station on Monday that Finley would have the operation this Thursday, and "I would bet my bottom dollar that his career's over. Over ... He's definitely not gonna play in Green Bay. I'd put my house on that."

Baratz pointed out Chmura's "decision to speak out publicly and inaccurately" -- although Chmura was correct about the upcoming surgery plans. No date for the surgery was released.
Finley was placed on injured reserve on last week. After the injury October 20, in a collision with Cleveland safety Tashaun Gipson, Finley was hospitalized for four days.

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