The Jermichael Finley camp has always stayed a step in front of the media since the tight end's serious neck injury last season, setting the agenda rather than playing catch-up.
Whether it was stating his intentions to play football again nine days after his injury in a first-person column penned at MMQB.com, telling ProFootballTalk.com there's a 99.9 percent change he'd be cleared by his doctor in January, or Finley's agent saying there's lots of teams that could use his client's services to the New York Post, the Finley camp knows how to work the channels.
That's why it's so curious to hear silence after the report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network saying Finley's neurosurgeon would examine his scans this past Saturday to determine whether Finley would be cleared.
There's also been nothing since MMQB.com reported in February that Finley expected to have a full physical with the Green Bay Packers.
Perhaps one reason for the lack of information coming from Finley and his representatives is that it really doesn't matter what Finley's personal doctor has to say. Any team that is even remotely interested in signing Finley will want to have their own medical staff check him out and make their own decision if they're about to make an investement into a talented player that presents an injury risk, not to mention being a lightning rod for attention due to his outspoken nature.
It's also possible teams simply aren't comfortable in clearing Finley less than five month removed from injury, instead wishing to allow a longer period for recovery when they can make a more informed decision.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson all but avoided answering a question at last month's NFL Combine about his comfort level in clearing Finley and other injured players in such a short time frame.
"I think it’ll work itself out," said Thompson. "There’s a number of guys, whether they’re under contract or not under contract, things will sort themselves out as we go along through the spring."
With mere hours to go until the start of free agency, maybe Finley has been cleared by his doctor, or maybe he hasn't. An email to Finley's agent has not been returned.
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