GREEN BAY – Jermichael Finley vowed as he walked out of Lucas Oil Stadium that he would play Sunday night at Houston, and the Green Bay Packers tight end wasn’t backing off that promise on Wednesday, even though the shoulder injury he suffered against the Colts kept him out of practice and likely will do so all week.
After all, with the game in his native Texas, it’s important to Finley to play.
“We’re in Texas, man,” he said. “Going back home.”
Finley said he suffered a “slight dislocation” of his A/C joint but has all his range of motion and strength back in the shoulder. He said pain and strength aren’t issues but rather whether the shoulder can withstand contact. That said, he doesn’t think he has to practice in pads to test the shoulder and doesn’t feel like he needs to show the medical staff he can take a hit, either.
“I haven’t sat down and talked to them in detail or in depth, but what they’re looking for, they want me to play,” Finley said of the medical staff. “I think they want me to play, and my mindset is to play.
“I’ve had a torn meniscus (in his knee, ending his 2010 season), several sprains to my ankle, this shoulder … it’s upper body. That’s a good thing. As long as it’s not my legs, keep me from running. But besides that, I’m playing Sunday.
“I’m not trying to be a tough guy, hulk or nothing like that. I just want to play football man. I sat out multiple games, a whole year, with injuries, and I ain’t going to let an A/C joint shoulder hold me back. I guarantee you. If God’s willing, and the recovery goes well, I’m for sure playing.”
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