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Packers Release Nick Collins

Sad, but somehow expected news. 

Nick Collins’ career with the Green Bay Packers is over. The question now is whether the three-time Pro Bowl safety’s NFL career is over as well, or if he’ll attempt to continue his career elsewhere.

Collins’ agent, Alan Herman, said in a text message that the Packers informed Collins Wednesday morning that they were releasing him.

Collins played in 102 career games (including playoffs) with the Packers and delivered one of the signature plays in the team’s Super Bowl XLV triumph after the 2010 season: A 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Last week at his annual pre-NFL Draft news conference, Packers general manager Ted Thompson said the process of deciding whether Collins, who suffered a career-threatening neck injury Sept. 18 and underwent spinal fusion surgery thereafter, is ongoing. The Packers sent Collins to a number of other specialists in order to gather multiple opinions on whether Collins should be cleared to return to action.

The doctor who performed Collins’ surgery, Dr. Frank Camissa, and the Packers’ team doctor, Dr. Pat McKenzie, had their own input on Collins’ future but also presented those other opinions to Collins.

In the end, the Packers decided they weren’t comfortable with Collins resuming his football career with them. It’s unclear whether Collins will attempt to continue playing with another team. If he wants to do that, he would have to convince one of the league’s other 31 teams to pass him on his physical and let him play.

Both coach Mike McCarthy and Herman have said that if Collins were their son, they would not allow him to play again.

I can’t help but feel a repeat of what happened to Sterling Sharpe here with Nick Collins.  Like Collins, it was a neck injury that eventually sidelined Sharpe and put an end to his amazing receiving career with the Packers.

One can understand if Collins tries to play football with another this year.  One can also understand if Collins looks at the medical risks associated with the continued collisions expected in from the position of safety in today’s NFL and just walks away and is grateful he doesn’t have to risk another injury which could potentially paralyze him.

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  • Miller

    Colts should sign collins