Finley may be pointing towards injured reserve.

The hits just keep coming for the Green Bay Packers and not in a good way.

Tight end Jermichael Finley, who was originally expected to miss three-to-six weeks with a torn meniscus, will be out longer. During surgery, doctors discovered they could repair Finley’s meniscus, rather than removing it as originally planned. The news is good for Finley’s long-term health, but increases his timetable to return to eight-to-10 weeks.

The Packers will have to decide whether to place Finley on season-ending injured reserve or wait for him to come back. At the earliest, Finley would be back on the practice field prior to the Packers’ week 14 match-up with the Detroit Lions. Assuming he needs at least a week to get back into football shape, he would play in the team’s final three games.

Safety Derrick Martin doesn’t have to worry about that. Martin was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a knee injury against Washington, on Sunday. The Packers signed practice squad player Robert Francois to the active roster to take Martin’s place.

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