After earlier reports indicated that Jermichael Finley would miss 3-6 weeks with a knee injury suffered early in Green Bay's Week Five loss to the Redskins, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is now reporting that the Packers' starting tight end could take 8-10 weeks to recover from the injury. Taking that extended time frame into consideration, the Packers could have a tough decision as to whether or not they should place Finley on injured reserve or decide that he might still be a valuable piece worth saving for the closing stretch of this season.
Sources initially told the Journal-Sentinel that Finley's injury could be serious enough to end his season, but a later check with doctors revealed that a full recovery could be made before the end of the season.
The way we see it
No matter how you cut it, the latest news on Finley is far from good. By all appearances, he had become arguably the offense's primary receiving weapon and seemed on the cusp of becoming one of the league's top tight ends.
The onus now falls on rookie Andrew Quarless, who is considered by many to be a Finley-like talent, to pick up the slack at tight end the next couple of months. That will be asking a lot of such a raw albeit very talented young player.
With Finley likely out for the remainder of the regular season, owners in yearly leagues shouldn't hesitate to cut him and find a replacement. Luckily, there are a slew of productive tight ends this season, so grabbing someone like the Lions' Brandon Pettigrew, Browns' Ben Watson, Bengals' Jermaine Gresham or Chiefs' Tony Moeaki would be a wise move. And if someone cut ties with disappointing veterans such as the Texans' Owen Daniels or Steelers' Heath Miller, either one wouldn't be a bad addition, as each is a likely bounce-back candidate.