Jermichael Finley to have spinal fusion surgery

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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is going to to have spinal fusion surgery in an effort to eventually resume his NFL career.

“Regarding Jermichael's specific injury, it is important to note that expert opinions differ across the board, from surgical procedures to rehabilitation methods to returning to contact sports,” said Blake Baratz, Finley's agent, in a statement. “Working alongside the Packers organization, we have discussed and analyzed all of these opinions, as well as all of the potential scenarios moving forward. We have collectively determined that while surgery may not be 100 percent necessary, it is a proactive measure that should alleviate future risks with regards to a similar episode or re-injury.”

Finley got hurt on a hit by Cleveland Browns safety Tayshaun Gipson. He was hospitalized briefly and was in the intensive care unit as a precautionary measure before regaining full feeling and movement in his extremities.

Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Pittsburgh Steelers' team neurosurgeon, will perform the surgery.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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