GREEN BAY WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers grabs a pass in front of Donte Whitner #20 of the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19 2010 in Green Bay Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jermichael Finley and John Kuhn are expected back in Packers practice soon, according to reports. We break down the fantasy implications.
Tight end Jermichael Finley and fullback John Kuhn are expected to return soon to the Green Bay Packers, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Finley missed Thursday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a strained quadriceps injury in practice Tuesday. Kuhn also sat following an ankle injury sustained Monday.
Analysis: Finley will be one of the first tight ends off the board in just about every fantasy draft for his physical tools and presence in a prolific offense. He still bears plenty of question marks, however, not the least of which being his health status. Finley played in 16 games for the first time in his career last season, and has already missed practice with a concussion this offseason. Factor in his problems hanging on to the ball, and Finley is hardly a sure-thing despite his potential.
As for Kuhn, he still isn't a viable starting fantasy option unless a rash of injuries befall the Packers' running back corps. He should see the ball in short yardage and goal-line situations however, diminishing the value of James Starks, Cedric Benson and Co. a bit.
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