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As general manager Ted Thompson turns his attention to seemingly his favorite time of the year - the two months of build-up to the NFL Draft in late April - he may have a decision to render before he heads to the Feb. 22-28 scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Tight end Jermichael Finley is a popular pick among their small group of free agents-to-be for the Packers to use the franchise tag.

Teams can start to play the game of tag Feb. 20 and will have until March 5 to use it before the start of free agency March 13.

The playmaking Finley reiterated his desire during appearances he made Super Bowl week in Indianapolis that he wants to remain with the Packers. If Green Bay applies the franchise tag on him, Finley would stand to earn $5.4 million per the one-year tender at his position.

MEDICAL WATCH

--FS Nick Collins is optimistic about playing again after he suffered what was feared to be a career-threatening neck injury in the Packers' Week 2 win at the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 18. Collins, who subsequently underwent surgery, recently said on a Wisconsin radio show hosted by Bill Michaels that he expects to "be back" and receive clearance from his doctors when he sees them again in March. Collins has been working out in recent weeks.

--TE Andrew Quarless (torn ACL) and OT Derek Sherrod (broken leg), who suffered season-ending injuries in December, are doubtful to be ready for the start of training camp in the late summer. It's possible neither player will be healthy enough by the start of the 2012 season.

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