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Jermichael Finley Reveals Second “Emergency” Surgery

November 3, 2010

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley told Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee that the knee injury that put him season-ending injured-reserve also required a second surgery for an infection that was “floating around the locker room.”

I had a second surgery. Nobody knows about it. I had caught a real small infection in my knee, so I had to go in about a week ago, had to go back under and get the infection out. I was in the hospital for two days. I’m surprised nobody knew about it. I had to get all these antibiotics in me, get blood drawn four or five times a day. It’s terrible. Right now, I’ve got this IV in my chest, a central line.

Nobody knew about the surgery. Some guys over at the facility had it, and it’s floating around the locker room. I had to go in, it was emergency surgery. I had a 105 fever, I called Doc (team physician Pat McKenzie) and said, ‘I’m not feeling too good,’ and we had to rush in and clean out the infection. I don’t know what it’s called. I guess you could call it a staph infection, but I don’t think that’s what it was. But I had to rush in and they put a central line in my chest. I won’t get this taken out for another month and a half. Three times a day I have to get antibiotics put through it. Courtney [his wife], she’s my doctor right now.

For a team already dealing with an inordinate amount of injuries, news of an infection “floating around the locker room” is a pretty scary revelation.

We wish Finley the best as he recovers, and hope there are no further complications for him or any other Packers player.


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