Friday, September 27, 2013
An inside look at Finley’s concussion
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- NFL rules prohibit players who sustain concussions during a game from talking to reporters after the game.
So the first anyone has heard from Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who was knocked out of Sunday’s game at Cincinnati with a concussion, came on Friday when he posted a video on his personal website.
In the short video, he explained what he remembered about the play and what he felt like afterward.
“Aaron Rodgers threw the ball,” Finley said. “I dove and after that I felt the hit at my shoulder and after all that happened, I was unconscious by then.”
Finley was hit by Bengals safety George Iloka, who was fined $15,000 for the play.
When he came to, his vision was impaired.
“I looked at the sideline and all I saw was jerseys,” Finley said. “I saw the yellow pants we wore, and I didn’t see no head or legs. Everybody was decapitated and my body was on fire.”
The Packers are in the midst of their bye week and it's not known when the video was taken, but Finley said he is still going through the NFL’s concussion protocol in order to be cleared.
Perhaps the scariest part for Finley was the reaction of his 5-year-old son, Kayden.
“He said, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to play football anymore,’” Finley said. “That was a little hard to take just hearing that [from] a 5-year-old, just knowing the violence and the intensity of the game and seeing his dad walk off the field like he did is, I would think, pretty hard for a family to see.”