Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Jermichael Finley writes about his injury in Sports Illustrated…
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley wondered if God was punishing him during the first moments after his devastating neck injury 10 days ago.
Finley gave an account of his ordeal in Sports Illustrated's "Monday Morning Quarterback."
His neck was jarred by a shoulder from Cleveland defender Tashaun Gipson as Finley fell to the Lambeau Field turf for six minutes before being removed a stretcher. He spent parts of five days in a hospital with a bruised spinal cord.
The hit came while he was running after a catch. He said it unfolded very quickly.
Finley said he saw Gipson from a corner of his eye, and he lowered his head and shoulders to protect his knees. He said he remained conscious but could not move.
Finley said the scariest thing was seeing fear in the eyes of teammate Andrew Quarless as he stood nearby. That told him something was really wrong.
As he was being hauled off, Finley wanted to show the fans he was OK by giving a thumbs-up, but his arm couldn't move after it went up halfway.
Finley wants to play again, but he's not sure if it will happen this season. If he never plays again, he said he has a $10 million insurance policy that will help his family be financially secure for life.
The 5-2 Packers are getting ready to play Chicago on Monday night.
Rodgers said he wasn’t going to let the Vikings win
Aaron Rodgers raised some eyebrows when he said after the Packers' win at Minnesota, "I wasn't going to let this team beat us."
On his weekly ESPN-Milwaukee radio show Tuesday, the Packers quarterback said there was no ulterior motive or hidden agenda behind that remark. He said he just wanted to regain first place in the NFC North, which Detroit had grabbed back with a last-second win over Dallas earlier on Sunday.
Rodgers said it's important to win division games on the road.
"I had the feeling that if I could just do my job, get us in good plays, get us in good checks, that we were going to win that game," he said.
Rodgers said he knew he'd have a big role and he did, throwing for a pair of touchdowns and completing 10 of 10 passes on third down to keep drives alive.
Rodgers also denied that his urgency to beat the Vikings was related to the negative comments his former teammate Greg Jennings said after he signed with Minnesota.
He again refused to say what he told Jennings after the game, saying there are things between players which should be kept private.
And Rodgers repeated, "There's too much access to the field."
The Packers are now 5-2 with a half-game lead over Detroit in the North Division. The Packer will host third-place Chicago on Monday night.
Jared Allen stays a Viking
The Packers will see Jared Allen at least one more time in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. The veteran defensive end was the subject of trade rumors as Tuesday's NFL deadline approached, but he didn't go anywhere.
Seattle, Dallas and Denver were said to be interested in the 31-year-old Allen, but Minnesota did not pull the trigger.
Allen leads the Vikings with four sacks this year, but he did not get as much as a tackle in Sunday night's Minnesota home loss to the Packers.
Rookie left tackle David Bahktiari kept Allen in check. Bahktiari hopes to do the same on Nov. 24 when the Packers and Vikings renew their rivalry at Lambeau Field.
Badger linebacker sits out practice
Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland sat out of Tuesday's practice. Coach Gary Andersen says he plans to be careful this week in getting the senior Borland ready to return on Saturday at Iowa.
Borland, a candidate for three national awards, strained his right hamstring 11 days ago in the Badgers' win at Illinois.
Andersen said he expects Borland to play against the Hawkeyes.
Marcus Trotter filled in with the No. 1 defense at practice Tuesday.
Trotter played the final three quarters against the Illini after Borland got hurt, and had a fumble recovery and nine tackles.
Bucks open season against Knicks
The Milwaukee Bucks will open their regular season Wednesday night against the Knicks in New York. Neither team is sure who will start at the power forward spot.
Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova has been out since Oct. 8 with a sprained right ankle. He fully participated in a practice Tuesday.
Coach Larry Drew says there's a chance Ilyasova would play against the Knicks. If not, Drew could go to a smaller lineup with Caron Butler at power forward and Khris Middleton at the small forward spot.
The Knicks also have an issue at power forward. Coach Mike Woodson was not sure yesterday whether he would start Andrea Bargnani or move Carmelo Anthony to the power forward spot and have Bargnani come off the bench.
If that happens, Metta World Peace could start at small forward. Woodson did not say yesterday what he might do.
Three Wisconsin Division III teams make pre-season Top 25
Three Wisconsin teams made the Division III men's basketball pre-season Top 25 from D3Hoops.Com.
UW-Stevens Point enters the new campaign at No. 4. UW-Whitewater is 13th, and Saint Norbert of De Pere is 24th.
The Pointers went 22-6 last season and were 15th in the final D3 poll of the spring.
Whitewater was 24-5 a year ago, closing out the season ranked 10th.
Saint Norbert was unranked at the end of its season in March after going 20-6 overall.
National champion Amherst of Massachusetts is the men's pre-season No. 1, followed by Illinois Wesleyan and Williams College.