Tight end Jermichael Finley took a ferocious hit and suffered a concussion in the Green Bay Packers' Week 3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
In a video posted to his personal website and tweeted on Friday, Finley discussed the play and his reaction.
"Aaron Rodgers threw the ball, I dove," Finley said. "And after that I felt the hit at my shoulder. After all that happened, I was unconscious by then ... I guess the ground knocked me out."
"I looked to the sideline," Finley continued. "All I saw was jerseys. I saw pants, the yellow pants we wear. And I didn't see no heads or legs. So everybody was decapitated, and my body was just on fire."
After returning to the locker room and initially being upset, Finley said he deferred to the Packers' medical staff. After calming down, he checked his phone and saw "30-plus" missed calls from his wife. Finley called her and spoke to his 5-year-old son, who was concerned for his father.
" 'Daddy, I don't want you to play football anymore,' " Finley said his son told him. "So that was a little hard to take, just hearing a 5-year-old, knowing the violence and the (intensity) of the game and seeing his father walk off the field like he did, I would think is pretty hard for a family to see."
Finley didn't speak like a man considering not returning to the field. He said he is undergoing the NFL's concussion protocol and hopes to return after the Packers' bye week.
Finley called the Week 5 matchup versus the Detroit Lions, in which the Packers will try to avoid falling to 1-3, "a 'must' win, it's a game we should win."
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