Report: Finley could be released from hospital in next 24 hours

The Packers could choose to place Jermichael Finley on injured reserve. (USATSI)
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is out of intensive care and has full feeling in his extremities after suffering a head injury in Sunday's game against the Browns. He is expected to be released from the hospital in the next 24 hours, according to ESPN.

When Finley could return to the field is another matter. There is no timetable, but indications are that he will be sidelined for at least 4-6 weeks. Doctors have told the tight end that he will not require surgery, and current indications are that he would be able to resume his NFL career if he wants.

More details via ESPN:

Once released from the hospital, Finley might visit more neurosurgeons and specialists in treating spinal injuries. His MRIs and other scans are being sent to doctors for evaluation. The current diagnosis is that Finley suffered a spinal contusion located in his neck, but that it should heal and that once it does he would be at no more risk for suffering a spinal injury than any other player.

Finley has been told the doctors believe his injury was caused by extreme torque and not by spinal compression, which prevented the spine and discs from being damaged.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said there is no timetable for Finley's return.

This is the second time this season Finley has suffered a serious injury. In Week 3, he was concussed after taking an inadvertent knee to the head. Finley returned two weeks later, but the injury took a toll on his family.

"When I came back to reality, when I got my senses, when I got my balance and my vision back, I picked up my phone and my wife had called at least 30-plus times," he said last month. … "She put my [son] on the phone and he asked if there was a flight I could catch -- during the game -- and he said, 'Daddy, I don't want you to play football anymore.'

"That was a little hard to take."

The Packers could choose to place Finley on season-ending injured reserve, a decision could come this week.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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