Scary moment at Lambeau as Finley carted off field|
There were some very scary moments for Packer fans Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.
With 10 minutes to go in a rout of Cleveland Packer tight end Jermichael Finley was dealt a crushing blow by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson and laid motionless on the field.
The crowd at Lambeau went silent—a collective holding of breath—while emergency crews attended to the injured player.
The silence turned to chants of “FINLEY, FINLEY,” and then a collective roar of relief as he moved his arms while being stretchered off the field to a waiting ambulance. The game was delayed for six minutes.
Gipson, called for an unnecessary roughness penalty, said he went over to pray while Finley was being treated.
“I’m pretty sure I can get in contact with him and when I do I’m definitely going to shoot my condolences to him,” he said. “There wasn’t any ill intent.”
Finley had five catches for 72 yards and a first-quarter touchdown that opened the scoring for the Packers.
According to Chris Mortensen, senior NFL insider for ESPN, Finley remains in the intensive care unit at a hospital. Tests have come back negative so far, and Finley has regained almost all movement. More tests are scheduled.
Finley could not move when teammate Andrew Quarless approached him after he sustained the injury.
"He couldn't move at the time," said Quarless, a backup tight end whose locker is next to Finley's. "So I just told him, 'Just stay here, just lay here, don't move.'"
Finley was injured at the end of a 10-yard reception.
"That look he had in his eyes, that was something that stuck with me," said Quarless, who said he shed a tear at the time. "It really hurt me just to see him like that. My brother was out there on the ground."
Finley finished with five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's 31-13 victory.
It was the second time this season that Finley has been knocked out of a game. In Week 3 at Cincinnati, he sustained a concussion after safety George Iloka hit him in the helmet.
Blake Baratz, Finley's agent, wrote on Twitter, "Keep him in your thoughts & be patient."
Finley’s injury was the lowlight of a brutal day on the gridiron.
St. Louis’ Sam Bradford, Chicago’s Jay Cutler and Philadelphia’s Nick Foles all left with injuries Sunday along with Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin, Denver cornerback Champ Bailey and Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
Bradford was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 30-15 loss to Carolina when he landed on his left knee after being shoved out of bounds by Panthers safety Mike Mitchell.
Cutler injured his groin when he was sacked in the second quarter of a 45-41 loss at Washington. He was scheduled to have an MRI exam today.
The Bears also lost linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) and cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) to injuries in the second half.
Foles suffered a head injury when he was sacked by George Selvie and Jarius Wynn on the final play of the third quarter. He walked to the sideline on his own power and was evaluated by trainers. Foles walked to the locker room as the fourth quarter started.
Martin was sidelined by a shoulder injury during Tampa Bay’s 31-23 loss at Atlanta. He said he is “not sure yet” if he will play in Thursday night’s game against Carolina.
Bailey left in the second quarter of Denver’s 39-33 loss at Indy with a left foot injury, the same foot that kept him out of the first five games this season. Wayne departed in the fourth quarter with a sprained right knee.
Houston’s Arian Foster hurt his hamstring in the first quarter. His backup, Ben Tate, left early in the second half when he took a hard blow to his shoulder and ribs, and Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Cushing left later in the third quarter with what appeared to be a left knee injury.
Other injuries Sunday included Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall, who hurt his Achilles’ tendon.
The Bengals also lost defensive tackle Devon Still in the first half with an elbow injury. Lions offensive lineman Corey Hilliard hurt his knee in the second half, and Detroit cornerback Rashean Mathis went down with a groin injury.
Bills linebacker Manny Lawson left the game at Miami with a hamstring injury.
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