Jermichael Finley runs routes for first time since Week 5

Jermichael Finley reported some excellent news.

The Green Bay Packers tight ends is running routes for the first time since a knee injury made him one of the 16 players on the roster to wind up on injured reserve during the Super Bowl championship season.

The National Football Post was the first outlet to report in October that Finley would miss the season following arthrocopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Finley last played during Week 5 and the projected recovery time immediately following the surgery was six to 10 weeks.

“Today was the first time since Week 5 that I caught a ball & ran routes. And my, my, my, I look good,” Finley wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Finley borrows from the Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors and projects he’ll be “bigger, faster, stronger” in 2011 the “year of the takeover.”

Finley emerged as the favorite target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers before he was injured. Certainly, he’ll be a big factor in the offense and he’s expected to be fully ready well in advance of training camp.

Finley actually required a second surgery on the knee because he suffered a staph infection that had him running a fever of 105 degrees. Now, he’s well on his way back.

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