McCarthy optimistic about Finley’s return from injury

Green Bay Packers HC Mike McCarthy is confident about TE Jermichael Finley’s return from spinal fusion surgery that resulted from a spinal cord bruise the TE suffered in October.

Unlike three-time Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, who like Finley underwent a fusion of the C3/C4 vertebrae in 2011 and has not resumed his NFL career, Finley evidently has a brighter outlook, according to McCarthy.

“Pat (McKenzie) doesn’t feel the same way about Jermichael as he felt about Nick,” McCarthy said in an interview at his hotel in downtown Indianapolis during a break in the annual NFL Scouting Combine. “So I’m very open and optimistic about Jermichael coming back. I think the specifics of their injuries are different.”

Finley’s contract expires in March making him a free agent. If his injury is not as serious as previously thought a team might be smart to sign him to a short incentive laden deal.

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