Thinking more long-term, the Packers have decided to place Jermichael Finley on injured reserve, effectively ending the starting tight end's 2010 season. Finley suffered a knee injury on the second play of the Packers' Week Five overtime loss to the Redskins after attempting to make a tackle following fellow TE Donald Lee's fumble.
Finley underwent surgery, and doctors said it would take 8-12 weeks for him to make a full recovery. Looking more to the future, the Packers decided to shut down Finley this season and take their chances with the TE trio of Lee and rookies Andrew Quarless and Tom Crabtree.
Finley had gotten off to a solid start this season and appeared to be on a path toward becoming one of the league's elite tight ends. Entering the Redskins game, he led the Packers in receptions (21) and yards per catch (14.3).
The way we see it
It already appeared on Sunday in the loss to Miami that the Packers had made adjustments in the offense catered more to the team's wideouts than tight ends. That said, both Quarless and Crabtree made big plays on catches of 23 and 33 yards, respectively.
If you owned Finley and were hopeful of getting something out of him around playoff time, this is a big blow. Quarless is considered to be very talented, but he's a rookie and very raw. There are likely other quality tight ends on the waiver wire for you to acquire, if you haven't done so already.