is hoping to put a neck injury behind him in 2014. (David Bergman/SI)
Former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley knew he may never play football again after suffering a season-ending injury last year, but the Texas product wasn't going to let his neck condition end his career.
Finley has been adamant about his desire to return to the game he loves, and earlier this offseason met with the Seattle Seahawks, hoping he could join the reigning Super Bowl champions.
It wasn't meant to be, though: Finley failed the Seahawks physical. But the tight end continued his fight to return to the gridiron, and after more tests, the Pro Bowl talent has finally been cleared for football activities, says Dr. Joseph Maroon.
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Speaking to ProFootballTalk, Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, passed along the clearance news, and said Finley has a team visit lined up for Friday (he declined to name the mystery team).
Of course, that's just the opinion of Dr. Maroon, the Pittsburgh-based surgeon who operated on Finley. The tight end will still need to receive clearance from a team doctor before he's able to sign.
Regardless, it's fantastic news for Finley who looks as if he'll be ready to play this season.