Posted: 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
By James Brady
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has been cleared to practice, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. Finley sustained a scary concussion against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 and hasn't practiced since. Finley lost consciousness after a hit Bengals safety George Iloka, and said that he had impaired vision when he came to.
The Packers were on a bye in Week 4, and if that weren't the case, it's very likely that Finley would have been ruled out for that game very early on in the process. The bye week seems to have been placed perfectly for him to not miss any time, though he is not out of the woods yet.
After sustaining a concussion or other head injury, players have to pass a slew of tests, including a final test the day before a game, before being officially cleared to play. Its likely we won't know anything about Finley for sure until Friday and Saturday.
Fantasy Impact: Finley has been productive thus far this season, with 11 receptions for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He's a desirable option in fantasy football and this will be huge news for owners. Finley is a must-start in the event that he passes his concussion tests, which should be clear the day before the game.