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Jermichael Finley, Packers tight end, in ICU with neck injury

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is in the ICU after suffering a neck injury Sunday against the Browns.

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Caroline Lee
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (88) flies into the end zone with a 12 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers as San Francisco 49ers Ray McDonald knocks him off his feet in the second quarter. In Sunday night's game, Finley injured his neck and remains in the ICU for treatment. UPI/Bruce Gordon
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley (88) flies into the end zone with a 12 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers as San Francisco 49ers Ray McDonald knocks him off his feet in the second quarter. In Sunday night's game, Finley injured his neck and remains in the ICU for treatment. UPI/Bruce Gordon | License Photo

(UPI) -- Jermichael Finley, tight end for the Green Bay Packers, remains in the intensive care unit Monday after a neck injury during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Finley is expected to recover fully, however, and has regained almost all movement. Tests performed so far have come back negative, but Finley still has a few more to undergo while he is monitored in the hospital.

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Andrew Quarless, his teammate, approached Finley after he was hit in the fourth quarter and lay motionless on the field.

"He couldn't move at the time," said Quarless, backup tight end.

"So I just told him, 'Just stay here, just lay here, don't move.'"

"That look he had in his eyes, that was something that stuck with me," said Quarless, who said he shed a tear at the time. "It really hurt me just to see him like that. My brother was out there on the ground."

Finley was carried off Lambeau Field on a gurney and transported to a nearby hospital.

Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, who hit Finley in the head, was penalized for unnecessary roughness. This is the second time Finley has been hit hard enough to put him out this season. In Week 3, George Iloka knocked Finley out of the game with a concussion and was not penalized at the time. Iloka was later fined $15,000.

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