Say It Ain’t So, Jermichael
I received an email around 11:45 a.m. yesterday. My father had sent it, and the subject line was simlpy a four-letter expletive. After I looked at the content, I couldn’t help but repeat the same expletive as I read the headline: “Jermichael Finley could miss the rest of the season.”
What was initially thought to be a 3-6 week recovery time from surgery on his right knee swelled to 8-12 weeks after Packers physician Dr. Pay McKenzie performed surgery this week.
The original procedure was to remove the meniscus from Finley’s right knee, but while Dr. McKenzie was performing the surgery, he found that the meniscus could be repaired rather than removed. The trade off for a longer recovery time was “the quality of Finley’s knee” would be better in the long run.
Given the timetable on Finley’s return, the Packers must make a decision on whether or not end Finley’s season or hold a roster spot in hopes that Finley may return to help the team this year. Head coach Mike McCarthy said the decision does not have to be made right away.
“I don’t think we need to decide this week,” said McCarthy. “We’re gathering information. Once we get to next week, I think we’ll probably get a little more urgency on what we are going to do with the 53-man roster.”
Jermichael Finley wrote two statements on his Twitter account (@JermichaelF88) yesterday addressing the knee surgery. The first sent fears that his season was done, but the second reassured his fans that he would return for the playoffs.
“YOTTO has been rescheduled for the 2011-2012 season,” Finley wrote. “YOTTO” is his self-proclaimed motto for this season: Year Of The Take Over. This tweet piqued the interest of the blogosphere as many author’s wrote posts stating that Finley had indicated he was done for the year. Finley answered the barrage of tweets and articles with another message.
“Go Pack Go. Im coming back for Play Offs and the Super Bowl. See ya then!”
It remains to be seen how the Packers proceed with Finley. Head coach Mike McCarthy said “IR is definitely an option,” but there is no rush to make a decision. I would say a lot depends on the health of veteran Donald Lee and how well rookies Andrew Quarless and Tom Crabtree perform in Finley’s absence.