Posted: 3:47 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
By James Brady
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is listed as probable on the official injury report Friday, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN. Finley was recently cleared to return to football activities after sustaining a concussion in Week 3. Fortunately, the Packers had a bye week, giving Finley time to recover.
Finley will still have to pass another test on Saturday before being given the thumbs up to actually play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. That said, he's expected to pass that test and play just fine. Had the Packers had a game in Week 4, it seems likely that Finley would have missed it, so things owrked out well with the placement of the bye week.
It sounds like he's all systems go at this point, which is good, because he'll be needed. Few predicted the Lions to be 3-1 at this point in the season, but they are, and this will probably be an offensive slugfest. Fortunately for the Packers, they're good at those kinds of games ... when they have players like Finley to rely on.
Fantasy Impact: Barring any setbacks or news on Saturday, Finley is a must-start in fantasy football this week. The Lions don't have a great secondary and Aaron Rodgers needs to throw to someone other than Jordy Nelson. Finley should get plenty of looks and should be productive.