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Packers TE Finley back after concussion
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has had a concussion before. He is not entirely sure what he had last week qualified as one.
Finley was cleared to return to full workouts Tuesday, saying he was thankful trainers pulled him out of practice last week and put him through the requisite concussion safety protocols. He was hurt when he fell while running a pass pattern in Thursday's practice.
"I had run a 10-yard comeback route, and slipped," Finley said. "My helmet came off and I busted my chin on the ground."
That's not what happened to him when he was in college at Texas, though, when he absorbed a huge hit and was diagnosed with his only previous concussion.
"It wasn't nowhere near like this. The one I had in college, I didn't know nothing. This was pretty mild," he said. "I don't know if it was (really) a concussion. I appreciate the Packers and the training staff looking out for me and pulling me out."
Finley went through all the testing and spent Friday and Saturday's practices resting. He also joked about how hard some of the post-concussion tests were.
"I told the guys, `If I was sober right now I couldn't do this. What kind of test is this?'" he said. "But I went through multiple tests and did well. . All the props to the training staff here for pulling me out. There's tons of lawsuits going around with concussions, so it was good looking by the Packers training staff."
Updated July 31, 2012