The Green Bay Packers released a core member of their franchise, Nick Collins, in April. The seven-year safety was released because Green Bay wasn’t sure if Collins “should” play football after his dangerous neck injury. However, when healthy, Collins was a solid player and strong leader. Collins would be a great attribute to a team in need of a solid safety. The Washington Redskins is one team, however, that is not interested Collins’ services.
Nick Collins injured his neck September 18th against the Carolina Panthers. He underwent cervical fusion surgery and has not decided on his future, according to his agent.
“From the beginning of this process, we have taken our time and sought numerous medical opinions while maintaining consistent dialogue with Nick. In the end, we were not comfortable clearing him to play again. As with all of our players, Nick is a member of our family and we thought of him that way as we came to this conclusion. Nick is a part of our core, and this is a very difficult day for all Packers. Making this kind of decision is never easy, especially when it involves someone like Nick Collins. He has meant so much to the community, his teammates and the organization. He is a good man and will always be part of the Packers family.” – Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said in a statement released by the team upon Collins’ release.
At the age of 28, Collins definitely has to be skeptical about returning to football. Packer head coach, Mike McCarthy said it best – “this is more than football. Nick’s a family man, he’s a father, that’s no fun standing over someone like that. I don’t think any coach wants to see one of their players go through that.”
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