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Finley sideilned by 'mild concussion,' Hargrove excused

Jul 27, 2012 -- 11:36am
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GREEN BAY  – Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley missed Friday morning’s practice after suffering what coach Mike McCarthy termed a “mild concussion” during the team’s first practice of training camp the day before.

It was unclear when Finley suffered the concussion during Thursday’s practice, which was not in full pads, per NFL rules. The Packers’ first practice in full pads is Saturday.

“Jermichael Finley had a mild concussion in yesterday’s practice,” McCarthy said. “He’ll be out for a couple days.”

According to NFL rules, Finley will have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before being allowed to return to practice.

Finley tied his career high for receptions (55) and set career bests for receiving yards (767) and touchdown receptions (eight) last season, although he also dropped 11 passes in 92 targets, according to STATS.

With Finley out, second-year tight ends D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor, along with veteran Tom Crabtree, got extended snaps Friday. Another of the five tight ends who were on the Packers’ roster last season, Andrew Quarless, has yet to pass his physical after suffering a major knee injury last December.

Defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who signed with the team as an unrestricted free agent during the offseason and is facing an eight-game NFL suspension for his involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, was also missing from practice. McCarthy termed it a “personal matter” that was “out of town.” McCarthy said he expected Hargrove to return Friday night and be ready for Saturday morning's practice.

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