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Finley, Barnett feel left out by Packers

Jermichael Finley

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is taken off the field after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivias)


The Packers have done a great job overcoming all their key injuries this year. They could perhaps do a better job making those injured players still feel part of the team.

Linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finley took to Twitter Tuesday to express their disappointment that they won’t be allowed to be part of the official Super Bowl team photo.

“It’s kinda sad to think .. Just goes you injured yourself you not part,” Barnett wrote.

“We got hurt playing for the team. Its not like we got injury bs’in around,” Finley wrote. “And its a team rule! Shame . . . I never trip abt anything, but the way IR players are getting treated not cool... I guess its what have u done for me lately!”

We know this isn’t a huge story, but it highlights the distance that injured players often feel to their healthy teammates.

The team photo is usually taken at the conclusion of Media Day (Tuesday). Teams often have players on injured reserve present for Media Day, but the Packers may not be bringing their injured players until later in the week.