Jermichael Finley Reportedly Could Miss Rest of Season
It sounds like the most serious injury suffered in Sunday's overtime loss to Washington happened early, when tight end Jermichael Finley hurt his knee while trying to make a tackle on a fumble return on the game's first play from scrimmage. He did not return to the game, and he underwent knee surgery Tuesday.
National Football Post's Brad Biggs is reporting that Finley's recovery could force him to miss the rest of the season.
Biggs notes that initial reports have Finley missing three to six weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
However, he cites a league source in reporting that the recovery time could be closer to 10 weeks, leaving Finley's ability to play again this season in serious doubt.
This could be a horrible development for the Packers. Don't mistake Brandon Jackson's 100-yard effort Sunday as a sign of life for the running game. The Packers clearly don't think they can run the ball with any regularity, and they need Aaron Rodgers to carry the offense. While the quarterback has very good numbers, he has led Green Bay to precisely seven fourth-quarter points in five games. That stat is a sign that the team's offense may be too predictable, and as they get late in close games, it's harder and harder for them to score points.
Without Finley, who has been great at helping the Packers stretch defenses, it's going to be on guys like Greg Jennings and Donald Driver to get open downfield and open the short passing game back up.