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October 22, 2013

More tests for Packers' Finley after neck injury

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a significant neck injury in the win over the Browns and needs more tests to determine the severity.

But coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Finley was upbeat and "performing daily activities."

"Jermichael Finley suffered a significant injury," McCarthy said at Lambeau Field. "As far as the injury, the specifics of it ... there (are) a lot of, more studies that are going on, opinions to be heard."

Finley was taken to a hospital after being carted off the field in the fourth quarter following the hit on a 10-yard catch during the 31-13 victory by Cleveland safety Tashaun Gipson, who was whistled for unnecessary roughness.

McCarthy was unsure how long Finley would be in the hospital. And while McCarthy said it was premature to give a timeline on Finley's return, it appears Green Bay might be without him for a while.

"Jermichael is very, very upbeat, very positive," McCarthy said. "Always has a smile on his face, so I mean he's focused on what's most important, that's his health and his family."

McCarthy said he had reviewed the film and that he "didn't think it was a dirty play."

Said right tackle Don Barclay in the locker room: "It was a football play. It was just bad to see it happen."

As hard as it may be after such a scary sight, the Packers (4-2) will look forward. They're back atop the NFC North after winning three straight and head to Minnesota next week for a Sunday night game.

"You know, everyone is sad for" Finley, Barclay said. "But we've got to move on ... Everyone is praying for him. It's great to hear that he's coming along, everyone is just anxious to get him back."

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