NFL news roundup: Jermichael Finley to IR, John Moffitt retires and more

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jermichael Finley was placed on injured reserve, John Moffitt retired and more you might have missed from Tuesday.

The Green Bay Packers officially placed tight end Jermichael Finley on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday. Finley sustained a spinal cord injury in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns. After the injury, the big question was whether or not Finley would even be able to play football again. The initial word from his doctors was that he would be able to, we just have no idea when that will come.

Here's what else you might have missed from Tuesday:

Moffitt retires

Denver Broncos offensive lineman John Moffitt is retiring from the NFL. He's just 27 years old, but said that he is "ready to live a different kind of life." Moffitt has played in 19 games over three seasons and has been regarded as a solid backup in the past. He was originally traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Cleveland Browns, but he failed a physical and the deal was canceled. He was then traded to the Broncos in August.

Matthews could practice soon

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is expected to try to practice this week. Matthews missed the last four games after fracturing his thumb in Week 5. He had to have surgery, which included having pins inserted into his thumb. Those pins were removed on Monday. It seems unlikely he'd be ready to play right away, and might need a week to get prepared.

Packers promote Tolzien

Green Bay continued its Tuesday activity by activating practice squad quarterback Scott Tolzien. The team will likely be without Aaron Rodgers for several weeks following a collarbone injury, so they need a backup for veteran Seneca Wallace. Tolzien is a capable but inexperienced quarterback who has played for the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers.

Crabtree cleared to practice

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was cleared to practice on Tuesday. Crabtree tore his Achilles during organized team activities and is currently on the physically unable to perform list. The 49ers have three weeks to let Crabtree practice before they make a decision about activating him to the official roster.

New England releases Collie

The New England Patriots released wide receiver Austin Collie on Tuesday. Collie was with the team for five games before being released. The Patriots have gotten healthier at the wide receiver position since signing Collie, as Danny Amendola is back and looking good, along with tight end Rob Gronkowski.

More from SB Nation NFL

PFT Commenter's Week 9 awards: Friends in Philly

NFL Power Rankings: Tough week for top teams

Ufford: The NFL could learn something from the Marines

Aaron Rodgers suffers small collarbone fracture

NFL Debrief: How we learned to love the Jets

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.