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Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley recounts spinal cord injury

Jermichael Finley might have suffered the scariest injury of the season. The Green Bay Packers tight end was taken off the field on a stretcher after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oct. 20 left him motionless.

Finley was diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion, and that had him spending time in the intensive care unit of a Green Bay hospital. He recounted the 24 hours after the injury for, from his fears lying on the field to his time in the hospital.

Finley said upon entering the ICU, it felt frenetic. He was even told by a doctor that the tight end's presence in the ICU was causing problems because of all the visitors.

He said there was fear he would need immediate spinal cord surgery, but those fears where assuaged when his CT scan came back negative Sunday night. All the while, he said, it was tough to breathe and speak.

While he tries to recover from this injury, Finley revealed he has a $10 million disability insurance policy in place, should an injury end his career. However, he doesn't plan to retire after this injury.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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