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Packers place TE Finley on season-ending IR, activate OT Sherrod

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Jermichael Finley was carted off the field after being injured in Week 7. (USATSI)
Jermichael Finley was carted off the field after being injured in Week 7. (USATSI)

Jermichael Finley's season is officially over. The Packers placed Finley on season-ending injured reserve (IR) Tuesday. The move comes less than three weeks after Finley suffered a spinal contusion in Green Bay's Week 7 win over Cleveland.

Finley took a hit to the head from Browns safety Tashaun Gipson and didn't move immediately after. Finley later spent the night in the ICU.

The injury isn't expected to end Finley's football career, but as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora noted in late October, it's hard to set a timetable for Finley's recovery because not many players have suffered this exact injury.

Given the small sample size available in these cases and the areas of the body involved and the brutally physical nature of this game, there is more information that must be gathered and more specialists to see as Finley continues to rest at home and determine a plan for rehab and recovery.

If Finley decides to continue his football career -- and it sounds like that's something he wants to do -- it may not be with the Packers. The 26-year-old tight end will be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season.

To fill Finley's roster spot, the Packers activated offensive tackle Derek Sherrod from the physically unable to perform list. Sherrod is a former first-round draft pick of the Packers, but he hasn't played in a game since December 2011 because of a broken leg.

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