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Nick Collins has surgery; career on hold

Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:15 pm
CollinsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Right now, we don’t know if Packers safety Nick Collins will ever play football again. Nobody does. Not after he underwent cervical fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk that he sustained in Week 2 vs. Carolina.

We actually won’t know for some time if Collins can return to the game. Probably for at least six months.

"He felt good about everything," his agent Alan Herman said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He felt it went well. The point that was made was you don't know until six months down the road. You see how the healing process goes.

"You can't gauge what will happen, whether there will be any narrowing with the (spinal) canal or remaining tissue. That will be the determining factor as far as his career. It's all based on the healing process."

But it seems clear that Collins -- who will miss the season (obviously) though he still hasn't been placed on injured reserve -- wants to play football again, because Herman told the paper that Collins wouldn’t have necessarily needed the surgery if he was going to retire (but if he wanted to play, he absolutely needed the surgery). Now, Collins will wear a hard collar that will restrict the movement of his head for several weeks. Then, he’ll begin using a soft collar and try to kick-start the process of returning to the game.

"It was a fluke hit," Herman said. "It was like Dennis Byrd, only a different result. It was a player with his neck extended at impact. These guys have these collisions every day. This one, he was just hit the wrong way. He was in an unfortunate position on the tackle."

Hopefully for Collins, his career doesn’t end because of it.

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Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 8:55 am

Nick Collins has surgery; career on hold

Sadly, I strongly urge Nick Collins to hang'em up. If tis is anyway remote similar to Dennis Byrd, it's over. I know today's technology and medical sciences have strengthen by leaps and bounds since Byrd, Sharpe, et al, but the guarantee of paralyzation and grim case scenario of death looms to great.

Nick, your place in the NFL history lore is cemented. Tend to your health, your life and your family.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:39 pm

Nick Collins has surgery; career on hold

I just hope he get heathy and back to his all pro from after this surgery.  The only thing is why is are they keeping him on the active roster at this time.  Lets make the move and get some one in so if we have another injury they know there job when called upon. 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:00 pm

Nick Collins has surgery; career on hold

Nick Collins is hell of a great player and hopefully he will return and play like the champ he is.  Get well, Nick, the NFL needs you!

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