Jermichael Finley finally got that news he’s been looking for for months. He’s been medically cleared to play football again, according to his agent.
Agent Blake Baratz tells PFT Live that Dr. Maroon has given Jermichael Finley full medical clearance.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 29, 2014
Dr. Maroon is the Pittsburgh-based surgeon who performed spinal fusion surgery on Finley last year. Now, just because he’s gotten that clearance doesn’t mean any team physicians have given him clearance.
That being said, there have been signs that Finley could well play this season.
The Green Bay Packers still have his locker intact in the locker room, even after giving away those of free agents Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has said he’d like to have Finley back and the free agent tight end even made a stop in Green Bay, yesterday.
PFT also reported that he already has a visit lined up for tomorrow, although the team requested anonymity so we don’t know where. Speculation centers around the Patriots.
Finley visited Seattle when free agency began, but failed his physical with the Seahawks.
Although he’s said he wants to play, Finley does have the option of calling it a career. He’s said to have an insurance policy that will pay him if he deems it too dangerous to continue playing football.
Our guess is he’ll play if he gets the chance. The question now is who, if anyone, will give him that chance.