Official: Jermichael Finley to IR, another season over by October : Packers Insider

Official: Jermichael Finley to IR, another season over by October

October 18, 2010 by  
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Oct 18, 2010 ~ by Mike Vandermause

~Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at his press conference today the team will place tight end Jermichael Finley on season-ending injured reserve.

The two players most vocal about the Packers drive towards the Super Bowl, Jermichael Finley and Nick Barnett, are done for the season already after the Packers put both guys on IR within the past week in October.

Finley underwent surgery on his knee/tendon last week and it was believed there was some chance he could return late in the season. But those hopes ended with McCarthy’s announcement, which he said was in the best interests of Finley’s long-term health.

The Packers will fill Finley’s spot on the roster with safety Anthony Smith, who McCarthy confirmed was acquired in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Packers reportedly will give up a conditional seventh-round draft pick for Smith, who was in Packers training camp last summer before being released on the final cutdown.

In other news from McCarthy’s presser:

*Al Harris, Atari Bigby and James Starks will come off the physically unable to perform list (PUP) and begin practicing this week. The Packers have a three-week window to determine whether to activate them, put them on injured reserve or cut them. McCarthy said doctors have given all three clearance to practice.

*McCarthy said film review of the controversial penalty on a Dolphins punt Sunday, in which Robert Francois was called for being illegally lined up, confirmed that it was an incorrect call. McCarthy stood firm that Francois was lined up more than a yard off the center, according to new NFL rules. The penalty gave the Dolphins a first down and they eventually scored a touchdown on the drive to take a 20-13 lead in the fourth quarter.

*McCarthy reported that tackle Mark Tauscher is getting better but might be not be ready to play yet. He doesn’t know yet the status of Clay Matthews and Ryan Pickett, although both want to play this Sunday against Minnesota.

*He said the Packers need to do better in close games. McCarthy’s record in games decided by four or fewer points is 4-13. He said he will assess everything, from play calls, and execution to opposing defenses in tight games.

*He acknowledged punter Tim Masthay’s performance wasn’t good and needs to be more consistent.

*Linebacker Brady  Poppinga will have arthroscopic surgery. Donald Driver suffered a quad strain.

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