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Jermichael Finley bruised spinal cord, is out of the ICU

Green Bay Packers tight end has regained full feeling in his arms and legs.
Posted By Evan Bleier   |   Oct. 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM   |   Comments

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(UPI) -- Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley bruised his spinal cord when he sustained a neck injury during a game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Finley tweeted late on Monday that he is out of the intensive care unit and that he has full feeling in his arms and legs.

Head coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged that Finley suffered a "significant" injury, but said that the 26-year-old is "very upbeat, very positive."

Finley is expected to seek more medical attention in order to find out why the spinal cord is compressed. "At the end of the day," McCarthy said, "we're going to do what's in the best interest of Jermichael Finley."

With Finley and play-making wide receiver Randall Cobb out of the lineup, the Packers will likely turn to their running game to help pick up the slack.

"We're going to lean on our big dogs,” McCarthy said. "That will definitely be part of our focus as we go forward."

Left guard Josh Sitton has no problem with that plan.

"I think the culture of this team a little bit has changed with the offensive line and defensive line play," Sitton said. "We've been playing pretty well, so we know that the onus is more on us more than ever right now, and we take pride in that. The defensive line has a done a great job of taking over the defense.”

"We talk about it as a line, and we take pride in going out there and being able to win games in a different fashion than we have before."

Finley caught 34 passes for 300 yards with three touchdowns in six games this season.

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