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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was in the intensive care unit at a hospital Monday after suffering a neck injury during Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, league sources told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.
According to a source, tests have come back negative so far, and Finley has regained almost all movement. More tests are scheduled.
Finley could not move when teammate Andrew Quarless approached him after he sustained the injury during the fourth quarter. Finley was taken off Lambeau Field on a gurney. The Packers said he had movement and feeling in all of his extremities.
“He couldn’t move at the time,” said Quarless, a backup tight end whose locker is next to Finley’s. “So I just told him, ‘Just stay here, just lay here, don’t move.'”
Finley was injured at the end of a 10-yard reception, when he took a hit to the head from Browns safety Tashaun Gipson. The game was delayed for six minutes while medical personnel attended to Finley.
“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.”
Gipson was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. Referee Jeff Triplette said Gipson led with his helmet.
“[It was] all shoulder,” Gipson said. “The crown of my head did not go down whatsoever. It was a shoulder hit. I don’t know the place where it hit him exactly. I just know I saw him break out of the middle. He was running a slant. I’m driving on the ball. There’s a collision, and he’s down. I really haven’t watched the play, so I can’t really tell you what happened. I was just going out there playing physical.”
Finley finished with five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 31-13 victory.
It was the second time this season that Finley has been knocked out of a game. In Week 3 at Cincinnati, he sustained a concussion after safety George Iloka hit him in the helmet. Iloka was not penalized on the play but was fined $15,000.
ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen, ESPN.com Packers reporter Rob Demovsky and ESPN.com Browns reporter Pat McManamon contributed to this report.