Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this week that Finley’s surgery “revealed more than we initially thought, so his timeline for recovery is longer than we expected.”
Reportedly Finley is out eight to 10 weeks. McCarthy said it’s possible Finley will be placed on injured reserve, which would end his season, but a decision on that might not be made until next week. Finley has 21 catches for a team-leading 301 yards with a touchdown and was in many respects becoming the focal point of the Packers’ passing game because he is too big for defensive backs to cover and too fast for linebackers to stop.
“We’ve lost a primary playmaker,” McCarthy said. “That’s a fact. But we’re fortunate where we feel we have other players that we can go play with, and we’ll put them in position to be successful.”
Veteran tight end Donald Lee is out indefinitely with a chest injury. That leaves two inexperienced players – Tom Crabtree and Andrew Quarless – as the only healthy tight ends on the Packers’ 53-man roster.
Meanwhile, the injury-ravaged Packers might at least have Pro Bowl QB Aaron Rodgers for Sunday’s game with the Miami Dolphins. Rodgers, who hasn’t missed a start since taking over the job in 2008, has been improving all week from a minor concussion suffered in the loss to the Washington Redskins. A decision on Rodgers will be made by Friday. If he can’t go, Matt Flynn, who has been taking the first-team reps in practice most of the week, will start. If he does start on Sunday he’ll be the first quarterback other than Rodgers and Favre to start a game for the Packers since Don Majkowski in 1992.
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