Jermichael Finley Fantasy Injury Update: Will the Packers Tight End Miss Next Weekend’s Game?

By Melissa Siegel, Posted: 10/08/12 07:41PM EDT

Fantasy owners who were relying on multiple members of the high-flying Green Bay Packers offense to lead them to a championship may have to scramble for replacements over the next few weeks.

First, wide receiver Greg Jennings missed this past Sunday's game while recovering from a groin injury. Then, running back Cedric Benson and tight end Jermichael Finley each left Sunday's contest with injuries of their own.

Benson had to be carted off the field after hurting his foot, and he has already been ruled out of this weekend's matchup, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

But for Finley owners, the news is a little better. The tight end told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he plans to play against the Houston Texans despite his shoulder ailment.

"I'll be playing next week, for sure," Finley said. "I can feel it. I know if I'm hurt or not. "I just didn't want to risk it going into the game and reinjuring it. I'll be back in Houston for sure."

McCarthy, however, seemed a little less optimistic. The coach told reporters that Finley "has a chance" to play on Sunday night, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.

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Even when he has been healthy, Finley has been having a somewhat disappointing season by fantasy standards. The tight end is still struggling with drops and has just 22 receptions and one touchdown on the season.

Thus, even if Finley is fully healthy on Sunday, you should consider upgrading your roster at the position.

One potential option is Finley's division rival, Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph is still available in nearly 66 percent of leagues despite scoring four touchdowns in five games this season. He also has an accurate quarterback in Christian Ponder and is the team's second-leading receiver behind Percy Harvin.

You also could look to a pair of tight ends on bad teams. Scott Chandler has four touchdowns in five games and plays for a Bills team that will likely be playing from behind a lot.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's Jared Cook has 237 yards in five games and faces several below-average pass defenses in the rest of the season, including the Green Bay Packers,  Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and Jacksonville Jaguars (twice). With Chris Johnson struggling to get going, the Titans will likely be passing the ball more than they run it, and Cook is the team's second-leading receiver behind Nate Washington.

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