Jermichael Finley injury: Packers TE to undergo spinal fusion surgery

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Finley still hopes to resume his NFL career.

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is planning to undergo spinal fusion surgery in an attempt to save his NFL career.

Finley, who suffered a spinal contusion against the Browns last month, has been placed on injured reserve but still hopes to continue playing football. In a statement released by his agent (per Pro Football Talk), Finley says his main objective is to live a long, healthy life with his family.

The surgery isn't considered 100 percent necessary, according to FInley's agent, but it will reduce the risk that Finley suffers a similar injury in the future.

Joseph Maroon, a neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be performing Finley's surgery. Finley has spent the last few weeks seeking out the best medical opinions for his injury, and opinions have varied from doctor to doctor. Once Finley has the surgery, he should have a better idea of how likely he is to play football again.

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