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Nick Collins | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 207
College: Bethune-Cookman
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Free agent S Nick Collins has officially announced his retirement.
Now 31, Collins hasn't played since Week 2 of the 2011 season, when he suffered what was ultimately a career-ending neck injury. A three-time Pro Bowler, Collins hangs up his cleats with 21 career picks to his name. Aug 19 - 9:27 PM

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Free agent S Nick Collins reiterated his surgically-repaired neck is "100 percent," and he's "ready" to resume his playing career.

Collins was a fan favorite with the Packers, which is part of the reason he's getting a lot of attention from the Green Bay media. He suffered a serious neck injury in Week 2 of the 2011 season and needed cervical fusion surgery. Collins says the only doctor that wouldn't medically clear him is Packers team doc Dr. Pat McKenzie. 30-year-old Collins is hoping to get a shot to join a team this summer. It seems highly doubtful, but we won't completely rule it out.
Feb 5 - 4:13 PM

Free agent FS Nick Collins wants to continue his playing career.

Collins, 30, hasn't appeared in a game since Week 2 of the 2011 season when he suffered a career-ending neck injury. He underwent cervical fusion surgery, but the Packers wouldn't clear him to play. Collins was released ahead of the 2012 season and was advised to end his pursuit of football. It's undoubtedly tough on Collins to have his career taken away from him, but there's just no way we can see any medical staff clearing him for football activities.
Feb 4 - 11:50 AM

The player rep for free agent S Nick Collins acknowledges that his client's career is likely over.

Collins suffered a herniated disk in his neck in Week 2 of last season and required cervical neck fusion. The Packers released him this offseason because they were not comfortable letting Collins back out onto a football field, based on his medical records. Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, "Collins was advised not to pursue football .... effectively ending the process."
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 03:19:00 PM

Free agent S Nick Collins will consult a surgeon next week about receiving clearance to play football again.

The Packers released Collins in April following single-fusion neck surgery, and he's yet to be medically cleared. Collins should be able to find a team willing to take the leap if he gets an okay from doctors. A Pro Bowl-caliber playmaker in his prime, 29-year-old Collins collected 17 interceptions from 2008-2010.
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 05:58:00 PM

The player rep for FS Nick Collins says he's been fielding calls from interested teams.

At the very least, teams are curious enough to check on the status of Collins' surgically repaired neck. Just because they're calling, though, it doesn't mean they would pass Collins on a physical.
Thu, May 3, 2012 05:30:00 PM

Free agent FS Nick Collins (neck surgery) is still considering his options and has not decided whether to retire or play football in 2012.

The Packers gave Collins his release because they weren't comfortable with him risking serious injury. Prior to the release, Collins had expressed optimism that he would gain clearance from neck specialists. He isn't known to have drawn interest from another team.
Thu, May 3, 2012 03:00:00 PM

Packers released FS Nick Collins.

Collins has been optimistic that he will gain medical clearance after meeting with specialists, but the Packers aren't comfortable with him risking his health going forward. Collins' own agent has also questioned the wisdom of continuing his playing career. The three-time Pro Bowler started all 95 games played over seven seasons in Green Bay. Collins has not yet made a final decision on his 2012 status.
Wed, Apr 25, 2012 11:06:00 AM

The player rep for Nick Collins (neck surgery) isn't expecting a decision on the safety's playing career until after the draft.

"All the opinions aren't in," said Herman, "and I think he's getting another [specialist] opinion." Although Collins is reportedly optimistic about resuming his career, the agent insists he doesn't yet have a better feel for whether he will be cleared to play.
Tue, Apr 17, 2012 04:44:00 PM

Packers FS Nick Collins (neck surgery), "bouncing off the walls" in anticipation of returning to the NFL, is expected to push coach Mike McCarthy and GM Ted Thompson to play if he's given the green light from doctors later this month.

McCarthy has made it clear that all parties involved must be in agreement for Collins to return to the Packers. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, not a single cervical fusion has failed among all NFL players to undergo the procedure. After a 20-year study of NFL players, assistant professor of spine surgery at Northwestern University Wellington Hsu downplays the risks and insists Collins can play "at a high level" again. This is most positive outlook we've seen on Collins' football future.
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 09:01:00 AM

FS Nick Collins (neck) won't meet with the Packers to discuss his future until next week.

Collins met with the surgeon who performed his single-fusion surgery on Monday, and was expected to receive a recommendation on whether or not he should continue playing. The fact that he won't meet with Green Bay until next week could be a sign he has some thinking to do. Both Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Collins' agent have hinted they'll encourage him to retire.
Tue, Apr 3, 2012 10:30:00 AM

Packers FS Nick Collins recently underwent a battery of tests on his injured neck, and will meet with the surgeon who performed his single-fusion surgery on Monday.

Collins' surgeon is expected to make a recommendation on whether or not he should resume his playing career. "I think by Monday we’ll know something," Collins' agent said Friday. Even if Collins receives clearance from his surgeon, there's no guarantee he'll get it from the Packers.
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 04:39:00 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy expects FS Nick Collins (neck) to receive a positive report when he meets with a specialist in the next couple of weeks.

That report is just the first step, though, McCarthy cautions. In order for Collins to return to football, the Packers medical staff, front office, coaching staff, and Collins' agent must all be in agreement that it's the right decision.
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 10:50:00 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy conceded Sunday that he'd recommend FS Nick Collins (neck) to retire if Collins were McCarthy's son.

Collins underwent cervical neck surgery last September. "This is not about me," McCarthy said. "I’m just talking about, if that was my son, if Nick was my son, I would not let him play." Collins will meet later this week with the doctors who performed his surgery. At that point, he'll decide whether to continue his playing career or to call it quits at age 28.
Mon, Mar 26, 2012 11:54:00 AM

Packers FS Nick Collins is "a week or two" away from meeting with a specialist to determine if his cervical neck fusion surgery will allow him to play football again.

There's no specific date set, but Collins wants to give the Packers a definitive answer before next month's draft. Last September's surgery, done with the idea of playing football again, involved taking a bone graft from his hip and placing it between the C3 and C4 vertebrae in his neck.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 04:41:00 PM

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