It appears Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley won't make his preseason debut Thursday night after all. Finley tweeted a few minutes ago that his wife gave birth, presumably Thursday morning, and that he is headed back to Green Bay.
The team traveled to Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon for tonight's preseason matchup against the Bengals.
Finley, via Twitter: "A blessing has came into the world! #BabyFin … Sorry Fans 88 is Heading back to GB from Cinny to take care of my Family. #Family1st"
Finley has been limited by a concussion and a quadriceps strain this summer. He was scheduled for significant duty Thursday night, partly because many NFL teams use key players sparingly in the fourth and final preseason game. The Packers haven't made any announcement, but I'm guessing he won't return to Cincinnati in time for Thursday's 7 p.m. ET kickoff.
I wouldn't be too concerned about that. As we discussed in Wednesday's Inside Slant podcast, the preseason has become less about developing timing for established players and more about giving unproven players a chance to earn a roster spot or speed up their development.