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Jermichael Finley: Packers TE Shouldn't Be Dropped After Latest Injury

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:   Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a play against the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2012

He's injury-prone, he's not the focal point of the offense, he drops as many passes as he catches, and he's been disappointing to say the least through the first five weeks of the 2012 NFL season.

For those fantasy owners who have Packers' tight end Jermichael FInley on your roster, I know what you were thinking when you saw this:

 

INJURY UPDATE: Jermichael Finley, shoulder, return is questionable. #GBvsIND

— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 7, 2012

 

Time to drop this bum, especially after he didn't return.

Except here's the thing.

It was only last year when he had 55 receptions for 767 yards and eight touchdowns.

Today, he had as many looks before he was injured as Jordy Nelson had all game.

Yes, he's a frustrating player to own. No, he's probably never going to be as reliable as Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez or either of the beasts who play the position for the Patriots.

But he's a weapon for one of, if not the best quarterback in the game.

Tight ends who can make that statement are few and far between.

Obviously, if it turns out that Finley's season is over, then by all means, kick him to the curb.

But the potential for production is there, and while he could miss some time with this injury, he's worth a spot on your bench until he's healthy enough to get back onto the field.

Stash Finley, start your second option at the position, and rest easy knowing that the team you are chasing in your division doesn't have yet another weapon at their disposal to potentially beat you with.

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