Tom Silverstein of the MIlwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that after he spoke with a highly regarded spinal surgeon who has studied NFL neck injuries, Packers tight end Jermciahel Finley will likely have to undergo spinal surgery.
Wellington Hsu, an endowed professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and practicing surgeon with offices in Chicago, said that in most cases when a football player suffers spinal cord bruising it is a sign there is something amiss in the spinal canal that must be corrected.
“If everything is normal there should be enough space in the spinal canal to absorb the force of that hit,” Hsu said Tuesday. “If there isn’t enough space, then the spinal canal doesn’t take the jolt very well.”
Hsu, who is a Packers fan and watched the hit Finley took in the team’s 31-13 victory over Cleveland on Sunday, said he does not have any intimate knowledge of Finley’s injury and was speaking only to the scenario in which Finley suffered spinal cord bruising.
On the other hand ESPN’s Ed Werder reported today that he’s been told that Finley won’t need surgery.
I’m told Jermichael Finley doesn’t need surgery; other reports contradict. My understanding injury caused by torque, not spinal compression
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 23, 2013
There’s a good chance Finley will end up at injured reserve as they figure out his future.