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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Jermichael Finley out of hospital

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Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has been released from an area hospital and returned to his home in Green Bay, Wis.

Finley confirmed the news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

Home Sweet Home! #FinleyStrong

— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) October 24, 2013

Finley had been hospitalized, originally in intensive care, since Sunday. He suffered a spinal contusion in his neck area, causing temporary numbness in his extremities, after a hit he sustained during the Packers' 31-13 victory against the Cleveland Browns. He has been sharing images from his MRIs, CT scans and other tests with other neurosurgeons and spinal injury specialists and might visit other doctors upon being released.

Jermichael Finley
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has been released from a hospital after suffering a spinal contusion in his neck area during Sunday's game.

A steady flow of visitors, including several teammates, have seen Finley at the hospital. Fellow Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, who visited Finley on Sunday night, said one of the first things Finley asked the doctor was when he could return to the field.

"One of his biggest things was, 'I'm going to get back,'" Quarless said. "That's in any of us. Anytime any guys go down, I mean, this is what we love to do, so that's the first thing [Finley asked]. 'When am I going to get back? What's the timetable?' and stuff like that. So that's a little bit of what they talked about."

Packers tight end Brandon Bostick visited Finley on Monday and also came away thinking Finley has every intention of resuming his career.

"You know Jermichael, he's a competitor, he definitely wants to play," Bostick said. "I definitely think he'll be back as soon as he can."

However, Finley still faces a long medical evaluation process before that can happen. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said no decision will be made until all the medical reports are in.

Finley was injured in the fourth quarter Sunday 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.

Gipson, who was penalized for the hit, said he did not receive any notification that he would be fined. He also said that he reached out to Finley through a text message but declined to say whether he received a response.

ESPN.com Packers reporter Rob Demovsky and ESPN.com Browns reporter Pat McManamon contributed to this report.