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There no clear word this morning on how Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is doing after he suffered a brutal neck injury in Sunday's home win over Cleveland.

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said Finley spent the night at a hospital as a precaution and he'll be just fine.

ESPN's Chris Mortenson tweeted Finley was in an intensive care unit, and did not have surgery as of this morning.

The Packers said Sunday night that Finley had full feeling and movement in all his extremities after his helmet got pounded by the shoulder pad of Cleveland corner Tashaun Gipson. It happened after Finley caught a 10-yard pass with 10:31 left in the fourth quarter.

Gipson was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit . Replays showed that the defender hit the receiver with his shoulder. NFL.com said it was a clean hit.

Finley stayed down on the field for several minutes before being carted off on a stretcher.

Some Packers admitted to crying while Finley was on the ground. Tight end Jake Stoneburner, who was just promoted from the Green Bay practice squad, said he couldn't help but think was going through the minds of Finley's family.

Receiver Jordy Nelson said Finley must think of himself first as he recuperates.

Finley suffered a concussion a few weeks ago. He was having a great season in the final year of his Packers' contract.

In the win over the Browns, Finley caught all five passes that Aaron Rodgers threw to him. He had 72 receiving yards and a touchdown.

A rash of injuries

The Packers' rash of injuries appears to be hitting special teams the hardest. Without some key blockers and tacklers, the Packers gave up 189 yards on four kickoff returns in yesterday's 31-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

The Packer defense again rose to the occasion, giving up just 216 total yards despite the absence of starters Clay Matthews and Brad Jones.

Meanwhile, the Packers' coverage units have been decimated by the extended absences of Ryan Taylor, Jarrett Bush and Robert Francois, who played over 300 snaps on special teams a year ago.

Rookie Chris Banjo said it's not easy to fill so many holes caused by injuries. But he said the expectations to produce never change.

"We just have to continue to build on that and go from there," Banjo said.

Myles White and Jake Stoneburner, both rookies who were promoted from the practice squad last week, spent time on special teams Sunday as did Chris Harper, who joined the Packers on Saturday after being claimed off waivers from San Francisco.

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